What smells remind you of childhood?

@Ashida (1370)
United States
January 1, 2007 2:43pm CST
Whenever I smell crayons I'm reminded of being in school as a little kid. Sometimes the smell of asphalt reminds me of going to an amusement park. Are there any smells that remind you of the past?
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• Canada
1 Jan 07
Absolutely! Any time that I smell lilac, I'm reminded of being at my grandmother's house when I was young. She used to have a lilac-scented perfume that she wore all the time and, when I visited, she would let me use some too.
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@Ashida (1370)
• United States
1 Jan 07
that's a good one -- if I smell mothballs I'm reminded of my grandma's house -- somehow I like your memory better!
• Canada
1 Jan 07
LOL mothballs! I had forgotten those... my grandmother had those too, in her cedar armoire, which is now in my house ... sans mothballs! ;)
• United States
2 Jan 07
The smells of childhood for me would be: Crayola crayons, cut grass, tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches, and those felt tip markers that give noxious fumes.
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@Ashida (1370)
• United States
2 Jan 07
if we're thinking of the same thing-- those markers were the best.
@Jshean20 (14373)
• Canada
1 Jan 07
Smelling chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven reminds me of my childhood, infact it brings back a lot of positive memories for me :). When I was a little girl I would spend a lot of time at my grandmas house (we'd have sleepovers) and we'd always make chocolate chip cookies. I was always so fascinated that she had the recipe memorized...she never once had to look at the book! I also remember how everytime she would turn around, I would swipe my finger through the dough and eat it!! She always thought this was bad because there was raw egg in it, but I would be sneaky and do it anyways! I'm actually pretty lucky that I never got a sore tummy from it, considering how much dough I was sneak hehe.
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@Ashida (1370)
• United States
1 Jan 07
ah.. chocolate chip cookies. that's a good one. My mom always made them when we were little. She tended to burn them though, so burning chocolate chip cookies are what remind me of home.
@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
3 Jan 07
That distinctive smell of Play Dough reminds me of sitting at the kitchen table at my parents house creating things with my brothers. I recently was playing with my niece, and the smell of the Play Dough hasn't changed a bit!
@Ashida (1370)
• United States
14 Jan 07
Yeah, that one takes me back too. I hate to admit this, but it still tastes the same too.
@rye_ter (257)
• Philippines
15 Jan 07
spilled milk on clothes reminds me of my childhood days.
@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
15 Jan 07
Honeysuckle and Hedgerow. Those smells were around all summer long. Funny, I now live in the town where I grew up and the smells aren't around much anymore. A lot of the old hedges have been taken out and I guess the honeysuckle went too. I blame it all on those damn yuppies! They ruin everything.
• United States
4 Jan 07
Elmer's paste definately reminds me of grade school. I hated working with that stuff, too. I was always so gloppy and sticky...but then, wasn't most things in childhood gloppy and sticky?
3 Jan 07
The smell of any wooden musical instruments reminds me of my childhood as I had an old violin of my grandfather that I used to play. Now I hardly have time to play violin but that old familiar smell reminds me of my childhood.
• United States
2 Jan 07
Aqua Net hairspray reminds me of my Grandma's house when I was little. Lilacs remind me of my parents' backyard.