The Nose Knows:
One of my favorite smells is coffee in the morning. I love, love, love my coffee and I’ve been trying to slow down enough to actually breathe in that fresh, nutty scent before I take that first sip. I do believe that long, fragrant sniff makes it taste even better.
At a time when many folks are choosing “scent-free”, and “free of perfumes” laundry detergent and dryer sheets, I am going the opposite direction. “Island Fresh”?…Aloha! “Febreze with Odor Defense”?…yes please! “Apple Mango Tango”? … Count me in! I’m just one of those people who enjoys doing laundry and I especially love for my clothes to smell good. Yes, I sniff my clothes….is that peculiar? Whenever a grandchild spends time with us, I always send them home with clean clothes. My daughter sometimes says as she hugs her son, “Your clothes smell like Nannie!” Is it a bad thing to have your clothes smell like Nannie’s house? I think not! Oh sure, I understand allergies and I do have the ‘clean and clear’ which I gladly use for one of our little ones. But, for me…..it’s “Tropical Sunrise” and “Moonlight Breeze” all the way!
My brother still makes fun of my nose and refers to it as the family schnoz! But, this nose has smelt some pretty incredible aromas in this lifetime. Just last week I had the blessing to breathe in that ‘new baby’ smell. It was a combination of fresh, musky sweetness and warmth, with a hint of vanilla. If preciousness has a scent…that was it!
And, what about the smell of chalk dust, floor wax and yeast rolls on the first day of school?
A fragrant rose or lily
Sweaty little boys who’ve been playing outside (this one is questionable)
A deep breath of air from a crisp New England day
Remember Claire Burke original potpourri?
Cinnabons fresh out of the oven…
A new book?
The list is endless really if I choose to just slow down and breathe in this life I’ve been given. Many of my fondest memories and joyous occasions are marked by a scent that even now when I get a whiff of it, transports me in time. And what I wouldn’t give to hug Auntie Sue’s neck right now and smell that Clinique Aromatics Elixir or Estee Lauder perfume. It has been said, that of the five senses, smell is the one with the best memory. I believe that to be absolutely true.
Nothing in the world smells as good as the person you love. We all know that for sure. It seems our hearts are directly connected to our sense of smell. The nose always knows….a scent can paint a more detailed picture than an artist with oils.
So, let us daily, breathe in deeply and be mindful to acknowledge this free gift. ‘Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived.’ Helen Keller Amen.