Bad news. Bad news. Then more bad news. I AM SOOO TIRED OF BAD NEWS! I have started a new self-help campaign…seek out good news! Here is one that I came across this week:
It was kind of sad and disgusting. So I choose to turn it into a good thing.
I like to learn the scientific reason for the smells that I love (which was key to the above article), but I prefer my reasoning…it is because of my past. Here are some examples:
A fresh cut hay field: This one catches me at the second it hits my nose (and it’s a big nose) and instantly throws me back to the 80-acre farm I grew up on. It’s spring, and we have started the first of several cuttings to create bales for the winter ahead. This follows with the families joining to bale the hay. Kids playing in the hay, the fields, and with the horses. Parents would gather in the shade of the large garage we had or maybe in the back yard covered with huge trees. Fresh squeezed lemonade, sun tea, and beer were the drinks of choice (Oh, and the water for the kids always came from the hose. We had a well with great tasting water!).
The air after the first big spring rain: Once again I am flung back in time to kids with little plastic (yep plastic, not rubber – that was for city kids!) boots. They were very floopy (is that a word? Pronounced like soupy.) so we never bothered to wear any socks with them. The puddles we splashed in would throw the water up and over the top of the boot, and our feet would float. This made it even more fun because as you went running up on a puddle, your slippery foot would slide sideways and cause you to fall into the puddle instead of just splashing – laughter all around!
Pine trees, rosemary, evergreens: These smells are sort of the same and all lead to the same thing – CHRISTMAS! I have had a few bad ones, but most of my Christmas’s were crammed with wonderful memories! Once again all about family and friends all smiling, laughing, and sharing. (FYI: This smell always makes me feel better if I am sad or depressed.)
Fresh baked bread: Who doesn’t love the smell of fresh baked (or baking) bread? It never has a chance to completely cool in our house! As soon as it’s touchable, we slice it up, butter, and eat it! This one does not go back to my childhood, but it does include family. Mom hated to cook. Dad loved to cook. I just do not remember any baking specifics (except Christmas cookies) until I moved in with my sister – she’s a bake-a-holic! One of her specialties that I swear I can smell clear out in the barn is her bread. She loves to make a variety of them and is always looking for a new recipe. I have resolved myself to the fact that I will never be skinny. I can blame it on genes, surgeries, no time for exercise – whatever- but I know the real reason is that I cannot keep my hands off her homemade bread – yum!!!
(This is one of her creations!)
With all the surgeries I have been through, I wondered what would be the worst to lose: sight, hearing, smell, touch? I have already lost part of my hearing (major ear infection as a kid) and some ability to touch. Getting older the eyesight fades (can sometimes be corrected), but I think the loss of smell would break my heart! It is the one sense that can reincarnate good times no matter where I am in life.
Yep, when it comes to smells that float up my nose, happiness resides there not science. I will continue to breathe deep and suck in all the fun fond memories that I can, while I can!