Margie seems to have inherited Rasha's propensity for smelling. What is your experience with the relationship between scent, memory, and emotion?
Join Date: 10/11/10
Join Date: 04/15/11
Certain scents, like certain music, have remained with me as memory boosts for my entire life. I still love the scent of Brut and British Sterling aftershaves/colognes - most popular with young men when I was in high school and went to dances. The scent brings back that feeling of anticipatory excitement that comes from having a new, nice guy asking for a dance. I get the same reaction from some of the music that was played at those late 1960s events.
I also have a fondness for the smell of garlic/cilantro/fish sauce - found in Lao, Cambodian, and Vietnamese food. This order emanated from SE Asian students that I taught English as a Second Language to in the 1970s and 1980s. Because I truly enjoyed what I was doing and also really liked my students, this odor brings back many fond, fond memories of people I used to know.
On the negative side, I had a bad family experience while serving pancakes with maple syrup and now, more than 20 years later I still dislike the smell of syrup. It nearly turns my stomach.
Join Date: 06/23/13
Different perfumes/aftershaves remind me of the people I know/knew that wore them. Smells of food cooking, the air after a summer rain, chimney smoke and my grandbaby just after his bath all remind me of things I love. When undergoing chemtherapy for cancer certain smells and sights would instantly make me nauseous.
Join Date: 07/19/12
I went to a small high school and the graduation was outdoors on a beautiful lawn area surrounded by trees and flowers. Everything seemed in bloom and I remember thinking: "I will probably forget many things that happen today, but I will always remember the perfume of these flowers, and I do! Whenever I want to relax, I can evoke that peace and happiness and recall that scent.
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