Sweet Smelling Memories

“Memory is deceptive because it is colored by today’s events.”
Albert Einstein

Sweet Smelling Memories

Trail ride with Jimmy circa 2001

It’s amazing to me how our sense of smell can trigger a memory, even as far back as our childhood.

The part of the brain responsible for our sense of smell is the limbic system and is related to feelings and memory.

Smells we experience can bring up memories about people, places, or events related to these sensations.

The last few days my sense of smell has been in overdrive. The savory smell of a chicken roasting in my neighbors kitchen. Then, the smell of sauteing onions with garlic creep through my window. The smell of the ocean breeze as it blows in the scent of night-blooming jasmine.

But there’s one smell that brings me back to a quiet gentler time. It’s the smell of the dewy wild oat grass in a large field as the sun is setting. It takes me right back to my evening horseback rides on the trails of my youth. Such sweet-smelling memories.

Shine On

4 thoughts on “Sweet Smelling Memories

  1. There’s an area in the wetlands of Marina del Rey that is covered with wild oat grass. Weekly we drive by this area at dusk, and every time I have my head out the window of the car breathing in this intoxicating smell. I tell my husband that I wish someone could bottle this smell and sell it. They’d be rich.
    Shine On


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