What smell brings happy childhood memories flooding back?
When we are small, life is a big adventure with exciting sights, sounds and smells. What smell now brings back happy childhood memories? Hot fairy cakes straight out of the oven? The wet dog shaking his water off? The earthy smell after rain or something else?
That shows the huge impression that the happy times at your grandparents must have had on you. For it to have influenced your decision now on your house is truly a positive memory Thankyou for reading and answering.
Just had to say that boxwoods are also my favorite because my grandparents had them all over and they were in the park nearby. We would take long walks and smell them and every time I smell them today, it brings back so many fond memories.
For me, it's freshly mown grass, the smell of a first lit stick-match (I don't know why!), the sound of the car tires on gravel at the drive-in (which no longer exist) and the sound of the tires going over a bridge. The last one always tickled my tummy when I was a little girl.
Oh yes Bravewarrior, the freshly mown grass reminds me too and that earthy smell after rain. I like your gravel memory, it was like you could almost feel as well as hear the tyres going over it. Thankyou for your answer
The smell of the ocean. I grew up at the beach and the smell of the ocean brings back all the hot days in the sand, going home all salty and warm. It also makes me terribly homesick for an area I could never live in again--crowded and expensive.
I'd have to say pumpkin pie. I always loved my Mom's pie and each year for my birthday she would bake her pumpkin pie for me. Of course we would all have it for Thanksgiving as well. It brings back so many beautiful memories.
Definitely honeysuckles!! When I was a kid we used to pick a honeysuckle flower from a honeysuckle vine and pull it apart and lick the sweet nectar from it. It was really good and fun to do. I love that smell so much but only find it when I'm around where I grew up.
That, and fresh onion growing outside. I refer to the scallion type onion that grows wild down south.
Fresh sawdust. I love to smell big gulps of it. It takes me back to my grandfather's workshop where he'd putter around doing woodwork. He'd moved an old church onto his farmyard and converted it into a shop. I'd go hang out there when I was little. I'd sit on a stool and watch him putter and listen to him whistle in the dusky light. Sometimes he'd stop and hold up whatever he was working on and say, "What do you think of this?". So, whenever I smell sawdust, I'm reminded of my grandfather.
Thats a really good memory anndango, it must have been really special watching him turn pieces of wood into individual creations. I liked how you described his 'whistle in the dusky light,' it sounded really atmospheric and I could visualise it!
The farm. My grandparents had a farm, and there was something peaceful in that scent. Not so much with the animals, but the fresh air especially in the morning was the best. I lived in the city or suburbs most of my life. Then I decided to move out into the country about 8 years ago. Now I can have that smell every morning. :-)
I also love the smell of sassyfras and honeysuckles... definitely takes me back!
I know what you mean about the fresh air smell, it is so refreshing in the morning and somehow sets you up well for the day. You are lucky to wake to that smell again every day, thankyou for taking the time to read an answer MaximumFatLoss.
You know the smell when you are standing outside in the winter near the dryer vent? That smell reminds me of childhood. Still, to this day, when I go to my parents' house and the dryer is going, I stand out on the porch. I love that smell.
For me it was not a smell...but a sound. The sound of the 747 planes flying over my house. We lived right next to JFK airport. So every few minutes a flight would go over head not far from our building. You could barely hear the person standing next to you talking. Amazingly, you get used to it and sleep right through it when you never knew anything else.
The smell of cake in the oven and a pot roast going in the crockpot is enough to bring me back to childhood memories. My Mom was always making cakes for other people. She makes cake for graduations, anniversaries, reunions, and pretty much anything anybody asks her to do. She did a lot of crockpot roasts as well.
Usually, i bring my break fast with me and take it in the office table, whenever i open my lunch box, the smell of my lunch brings back happy childhood memories of my school life. I really love those days and always want them back because childhood is priceless.
Ivory bar soap, Jergens hand lotion, and split pea soup all remind me of my grandmother. I was very close to her and visited her often, as a child, and in my adult life. I can't use Ivory soap because it dries my skin. Jergens has changed their formula since my grandmother's passing, and it doesn't smell the same. When I used to visit my grandmother, sometimes she would be making split pea soup, and I loved the smell in the house, and I couldn't wait to have some when it was finished. I have her recipe, and when I make it, it reminds me of walking into her house with a big smile on my face. When I smell it simmering on the stove for hours, I feel comforted and surrounded by the presence of her love.
Hmmm... Onion grass that I put into a "stew", pool water, crunchy fall leaves, tea bags boiling for sweet tea, lemon perfum, the school building on the first day of school, school lunchroom, etc. Quite a trip down memory lane... Hope your day is wonderful!
Vick's Vapo Rub! My mom used to rub it on my chest when I had bronchitis (which I had a lot!) and I connected it with love. Now I love anything with eucalyptus in it. Yardley's Lavendar soap is another one that brings back childhood memories. It was my mother's favorite and in those days, it was expensive and you could get it only at exclusive stoes like Chapman's in Milwaukee. Today, you can only seem to buy it at the 99 cent store, and we do!!! My husband and daughter buy me all manner of things "lavendar" - candles, dried lavendar...etc. The love of lavendar fragrance is either in the genes or in the nurturing my mother gave me. There is a smell that's actually horrible, but brings back childhood memories of (I think) the Allen Bradley factory in Milwaukee. It's the same smell that you get when you accidentally burn the black plastic handle on an old coffee pot. It's not pleasant, but it means "Milwaukee" to me. I would LOVE to be able to smell how movie theater popcorn USED to smell. It's been duplicated once or twice in an occasional theater I've gone to. I don't know what the difference is between modern day popcorn popping and that old theater popping. An annoying smell to me, is the smell of large amounts of chocolate cooking. That smell from the Ambroisa Houset used to mix with all the factory, bakery, and foundry smells that wafted in the air in Milwaukee in the 50's. Oh, and finally, back to a very unique smell - the smell of fennel on pizza. It reminds me of going downtown with my best friend and buying pizza at the Woolworth store. We were all on our own and felt really grown up. It took me a long, long time to realize that the special smell and taste of that pizza was the baking of it with fennel seed. Fun question, Anna!
Thankyou KatieWhoWaited for a great answer I don't know all of the scents but you are so right about the vaporub. We always had that on when we got a cold. You were spot on when you said that it reminds you of being loved and looked after
The smell of my mother's chocolate cake made entirely from scratch fills my heart with wonderful memories. I never knew the recipe, because it was in her head and I rarely smell anything as wonderful these days. When I do, it is a very special moment for me.
I know this sounds so strange, but the smell of sewage...lol. When I was very young my family and I went to Spain and for some reason everywhere smelt like sewage. Nowadays when I get that smell I think of happy times in Spain!
A memorable smell is lit charcoal and barbeque. My family loves barbeques and spending time with friends and family. The day is spent talking about goals and fun experiences. Yes, barbeques evoke special memories.
I know it may sound funny LOL but sawdust. My dad and grandfather were carpenters. My grandmother would have her windows opened and we could smell the mixture of sawdust and the freshness from outside in the springtime. I always get a warm happy feeling when I smell freshly cut wood And as many people I have talked to freshly cut grass and then the smell after rain...... Always refreshing and comforting!
I really love and miss my childhood days and always want them to come back. I recollect my vacations with my friends and neighbors during rains as i we all used to like the smell if mud during rain n rush to close by playground to enjoy the smell along with a play in rain.
Perfumes and colognes have always been a trigger for me because my happier moments were the people I spent the most time with. My grandmother's favorite was Ciara. I don't think its in production anymore but when I would go to a store that sells it, I would think of her. My mother used Chantilly and Jean Nate Body Splash. My father is an Old Spice Man. When I would visit my father, his house smelled of that cologne. I would wonder if he used it as an air freshener, but I always find it comforting and I would have memories of quiet chess games or him helping me with difficult crossword puzzles.
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