Why do I get the feeling that my Top 1o List of Smells from Childhood is going to date me? I love that smells can evoke memories, and here are a few of my own.
What smells remind you of your childhood?
Here we go:
10.Books: The smell of new books always brings me back to those days of my childhood when I escaped into books, doing my favorite thing in the world. Reading.
9. Vicks® VapoRub® & Pepto Bismol: My mom was a nurse and my grandma was a nurse. When I was sick in either of their company, I got a dose of Pepto Bismol if my stomach hurt, or got Vicks® VapoRub® slathered on my chest and neck if I had congestion.
8. Lunch boxes: My lunch box always had this distinctive peanut butter and jelly on Wonderbread sort of smell. Even when I didn’t pack a PB&J.
7. Mimeographed worksheets (chances are you are too young to even know what these are): I’m pretty sure that by the time I was in second grade, these worksheets were a thing of the past, but my earliest memories of school are of this ink. I LOVED the smell of worksheets that had been mimeographed. Even the look of the ink made me happy.
6. Love’s Baby Soft Perfume: I was surprised to learn that my first perfume is still on the market today. Who knew?
5. Stinky feet: My brother could have won awards for his. I’ll never forget being in the car with him when he loosed his feet from their confines. Those feet had power. Too bad the smell couldn’t be marketed.
4. Flowers: I’ve never particularly liked the smell of big bunches of flowers, and when I do smell them, particularly lily’s and carnations, they remind me of my childhood and all that was sad in it.
3. Dentists office: Jeff and I took John to Jeff’s childhood dentist’s office last week. It smelled exactly how he remembered, and reminded me of how the dentist always smelled when I went to the dentist as a child, too. What is that combination of smells anyway?
2. Halloween pumpkins: There aren’t many smells as seasonal and distinctive a carved pumpkin when it’s first lit making it a Jack-o-lantern, are there? At least for Halloween?
1. Silent but Deadly’s: Did you call them that in your household as well? I’ve tried to ban them from my house now that I’m kind of in charge, but they just keep slipping in, much to my chagrin.
Disclosure: This post was written/sponsored in conjunction with my role as a Vick’s Blogger. Want to share some of your memory evoking childhood smells with Vick’s? Just visit the Vicks VapoRub Facebook Page; they’d love to hear from you!