3 thoughts on “Sensory Triggers and Childhood Memories: When Life Comes Full Circle

  • October 30, 2019 at 3:35 am

    Lately I’ve been doing a lot of remembering, too. I also did that in my mid- to late-20s, writing down my childhood and early adulthood while I could still remember it (until having a baby took my time away). Those journals are now valuable. And lately, I’ve been grabbing onto passing memories so I can recall–Yes, that was my life 10 years ago; 15 years ago; 20 years ago; 35, 40, etc. It changes so much even while the day-to-day doesn’t seem to change much at all.

  • October 30, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Oh Lenora! It is the fragrances that always bring me back to wonderful memories. I saw the Wind Song perfume and talc on the opening and it brought me back to my best friend, Jenny Siebert. She and I would spend hours singing at her piano, and doing duets with my flute and her violin. It was her house that I would fly to to get away from the abuse at my own house. I sometimes go into our local Walgreens to sniff the fragrances, and Wind Song is one of those that instantly puts me in a great mood- but unfortunately, it smells like swamp water on me so I can’t wear it. Another wonderful fragrance from my childhood is Emeraude. My favorite Aunt Rita wore this and she always smelled soft and powdery.She was an incredible artist and one of the most loving people I have ever known. I tried that one recently and once again, it smelled terrible on me. I love Jovan Musk AND I can wear it! I have worn the L’Effluer and thought of you every time…..I wish I could say I have a favorite mens fragrance but to me, my Dad smelled like pipe smoke- ” Prince Albert- Cherry” to be specific. I inherited his humidor and a bag of his tobacco and I sometimes lift the lid just to sniff….He also smoked cigars and the aroma will draw me from across a fifty foot room just to stand and remember how safe and loved I felt around my Dad.


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