I smelled it

@savypat (20246)
United States
July 25, 2009 4:06pm CST
Do you remember how things in your past smelled? Studies show that smells are one of the most lasting triggers to memories. I remember the smell of the public swimming pool early in the morning when we were in swim classes. Of course the smell of special food and cloths after being dried outside in the sun. What are some of your most memorable smells?
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@rainmark (4306)
25 Jul 09
What i can remember from the past is when i was at school. I can remembered the smell of the pages of the new books which i love to smell. The smell of my baby cologne which i wore most of the time at school. The smell of banana cue at the back of the school campus, where i and my friends had a snack during break time. Happy myloting.
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
25 Jul 09
How about the smell of the schoolroom and the halls. Or even the gym. Thanks.
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@rdadey (484)
• Canada
25 Jul 09
I remember when we all would get new books passed out to us in school, everyone would open them up and take a lot smell. Even the smell of the school on the first day was very distinct. The smell of sandwiches when you opened your plastic Peanuts lunchbox. The smells of the gym were something else, the showers and more than 20 different deodorants.
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@jessi0887 (2794)
• United States
26 Jul 09
Often times I smell something that smells familier. The thing is I can never remember where that smell came from. One time though I smelled something and remembered that smell is what my old friends house use to smell like. I just can't ever remember smells untill I smell them again sometimes years later. I do believe those studies therefore.
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
26 Jul 09
I have that conversations with myself often. What is that smell? Thanks
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@rdadey (484)
• Canada
25 Jul 09
Oh yeah...smells of some foods, especially baked stuff. One big comes one every year at Xmas when we put up a real tree. In the morning when I awake and with my eyes closed the smell of the tree brings me right back to my childhood. Too bad we can't go back to relive those memories for a day or two, alas..they will remain memories.
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
26 Jul 09
You just mentioned a live Christmas tree and I could smell it. Thanks
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@Annmac (950)
27 Jul 09
Whenever I smell wild garlic it brings back memories of my first dog! I was 9 when I got him and I used to walk him down a country path that had wild garlic growing along it! My crazy dog used to roll in it and I'd laugh at him. The smell of a baby can make me cry as it evokes a flood of memories from the births and babyhoods of my children. My earliest memory is triggered by my mothers favourite perfume. Due to ill health we were seperated when I was between 2 & 4 years old. I remember being scared of meeting this 'Mummy' everyone kept telling me about, and I still remember the emotion I felt on meeting her. Normally I was uncomfortable with anyone who didn't smell or look like a nurse! I hated meeting strangers because they meant I was going to be taken out and entertained! I knew I'd do or say something 'wrong' and it would end up with me wondering what! I'd forgotten her looks but not her scent, and I knew with her it would never happen. That perfume has always been there at those times I've needed her most so it's always going to trigger a memory for me. Thank you for posting such a super discussion. It's made me think about why I love some smells and hate others!
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@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
27 Jul 09
Occassionally, I somehow manage to trigger a memory from way back, even though there appears to be nothing around that may have brought the memory out. I believe that it is smelling something that brings these memories out, even though a lot of the time, I am not consciously aware of smelling the particular smell at the time. The subconscious mind and your memory are simply amazing and powerful things!
• United States
26 Jul 09
Years ago I used to live in California, which was a completely different climate than here in New England. Even now, 30 yrs later, when I go outside and smell the air, certain times of the year, it brings me back to California. It brings back such nice memories, and wish I was still out there.
@jsitko (1169)
• United States
26 Jul 09
Hi Savypat, There are so many memories surrouned by smell. One I miss the most is the smell of the ocean and hot sand. I lived by the water most of my life and always loved that smell. Many of the Avon perfume and lipstick smells remind me of my Grandmother, she wore therm all the time and sometimes even too much. The holiday cooking always has great memories too. Too many scents to mention. Some one here mentioned the pages of new books, I remember the scent of our town library when I smell books. I spent many days there and I still visit the library here too. It is a homey smell of ready books 3with my Mom on our screened porch back in the day. Fall leaves reminds me of taking my dog for a walk up on the hill when I was a kid. I would sit there and read a book and he would chase the falling leaves. Then I would stop reading and play with him by tossing the leaves and rolling in them with him. Lots of smells have lots of memories. Could go on and on...
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
26 Jul 09
Thank you for your contribution to our memories.
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• India
26 Jul 09
Yeah thats true..thank u so much
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@metschica25 (5407)
• United States
26 Jul 09
Hello I don't mind my name really . Laura I think is common , but I was the only one in my class with that name. Even now where I go I dont hear that name much . I was named after my aunt Laura Ann who was a nun . I know parents who have picked the name Faith, Hope, and Grace for meanings .
@savypat (20246)
• United States
26 Jul 09
I always think of the movie when I hear that name, first time I saw Clint Eastwood in a romantic role.
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• Brunei Darussalam
26 Jul 09
Hi...I remember the smell of a Body Shop perfume " Roma ". The smell stick to my head since 1992. It was my first date. Its felt scary nervous but interesting. I just knew him couple of days and asked to me to see eye to eye. I was wearing Roma, and so did him. It was really amazing date though it was only about 30 minutes seeing.
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
26 Jul 09
Great memory, thanks.
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• Malaysia
26 Jul 09
Flour, the smell of flour. I am always reminded by its puffy smell. When I wake up from bed, when I want to eat breakfast, When it is raining. It is always puffy. And I like it a lot
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
26 Jul 09
I hadn't noticed that one, I'll have to tune in to it. Thanks
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@sid556 (31005)
• United States
26 Jul 09
Oh yes...the smell of the finger paints and the paste in nursery school....the smell of the ocean....my gram's perfume...
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
26 Jul 09
I forgot finger paints and paste. Thanks
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
26 Jul 09
I have read that smells are triggers to the past. I remember the smell of the swimming pool as well. I spent a lot of time at one when I was a child. I also remember the smell of my grandmother's perfume. I don't know what she wore but if I smelled it, I would know right away that it was what she wore.
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
26 Jul 09
Mom is generally the first smell we identify as babies, but Grandma's smell seems to be more fresh in most people's minds. Thanks.
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@_sketch_ (5709)
• United States
26 Jul 09
Yes I most certainly do. Smells around me are constantly giving me deja vu. I love it and I've always found it quite fascinating even before I knew the scientific reasons for it. It's because of the way our brains are wired. This sense works very different than our other senses because our sense of smell is linked to our Hypocampus, which is the part of our brain that forms long term memories, and our Limbic system, which stores emotionally charged memories. Here are some links that have more information about it. http://www.macalester.edu/psychology/whathap/ubnrp/smell/memory.html http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/bb/neuro/neuro00/web2/Ito.html http://brainanatomy.net/str9.html
@savypat (20246)
• United States
26 Jul 09
Thanks for the scientific approach.
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@ishavasyam (1802)
• India
26 Jul 09
Hello savypat,Good morning..what an issue u have brought for todays discussions.Its very nostalgic to recollect such smells,fragrances and aromas right from our childhood.One such smell I strongly recollect is from the library.The reading hall used to have a typical smell.Another such smell is the aroma of the vegetable market .Thus there are so many fragrances I can list down.Thank u so much for giving the opportunity to recollect.have a nice day.bye
@savypat (20246)
• United States
26 Jul 09
Glad this brought back memories to you. Thanks
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@bhanusb (5709)
• India
26 Jul 09
After long drought when rains I feel a smell from the earth. I like that smell very much. I take the smell with full breath.
@savypat (20246)
• United States
26 Jul 09
The after rain smell I always think of as clean. Thanks
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• United States
26 Jul 09
i remember the smell of meat cooking on a grill. my family used to have cookout a lot. They would cook and sit around and play guitar and sing. this is a very prominent memory in my past. The music grew on me and i now play guitar piano bass and drums. However, im not a fan of cookouts now, because i am a vegetarian.
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
26 Jul 09
I think grilled Vegs also smell good. But your instruments also have smells, I remember the smell of the clarinet reed. Thanks
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@Sweeten (159)
• United States
26 Jul 09
I still remember the smell of the rotten and exired milk i was about to drink and it still gives me the chills. I also remember the smell of those new text books we got in school for some reason..
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
26 Jul 09
Bad smells give us warnings so they are valuable also. Thanks
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@PeacefulWmn9 (10424)
• United States
26 Jul 09
What a good question! I loved the smell of "water," whether it be a lake or the air after a rain. I also love the smell of a new baby...so unique to them. Lilacs and freshly mowed grass or hay also trigger great memories for me. And while this may sound odd, I love the smell of paper: books, newspapers, magazines, or a brand new journal. Also the library.
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
26 Jul 09
Thank you, now that you mention it the library does have a smell, I hadn't noticed before.
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@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
26 Jul 09
smell of food or ingredients and eucalyptus. very very fresh in memory. if I smell those I would follow my nose and go to the source :):) eucalyptus is a very distinctive smell I used to inhale it when I was a child if I had trouble breathing. I can't forget this smell it still has the same effect on me at this age.
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
26 Jul 09
We lived where those eucalyptus grew wild and in the summer you could really smell them in the heat. I've always loved it. Thanks
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@sameroad (3180)
• United States
26 Jul 09
i remember some smells from my past. sometimes i might just smell them out of the random.. something most trigger it but i don't know what.. i think its kind of cool. i like being able to actually smell something from my past. helps bring that memory better
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
26 Jul 09
Some are good smells and some bad, but that is life. Thanks
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