Driving down the road the other day I caught the scent of orange blossoms in the air, and immediately my mind went to another time and place. I was running through the groves at my grandmother’s home in Clermont hoping to avoid being hit by my brother’s usually perfect aim, with rotten oranges! While many of you grew up enjoying snowball fights, I was caught in a messier version where the same rules applied. Unfortunately, I was almost always on the losing team. What triggered those memories was nothing more than the sweet smell of orange blossoms.
As I child, I loved coming into the house for dinner and smelling my mother’s wonderful cooking. Somehow I didn’t realize then just how much thought and time went into her preparations each evening. All I knew was that I loved the result. Unless, of course, she was fixing something I didn’t like!
How often are our thoughts affected by the smells we encounter during the day? For example, where does your mind go when you smell hot, buttered popcorn, chicken frying, or roses in bloom? I’m sure you have your own list of favorite scents. Remember the smell of mimeograph copies? (Those of you under the age of 30 probably won’t know what I’m talking about!) Nothing evokes the memories of life at my elementary school than this.
With spring in the air fresh scents abound. I hope you will be able to get outside to enjoy God’s creation as it comes back to life from such a long, cold winter. Me? I’m going to work on greeting my husband tonight with some delicious smells from the kitchen. That’s the best aromatherapy you can’t buy in a bottle!
What are the scents of your life? What memories do they evoke?