Smells I Vividly Remember From Childhood
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- •My pink ballet shoesI did ballet till I was in 9th grade and I always loved breaking in a new pair of pink leather ballet shoes. The leather was fresh and intoxicating and waiting to be loved.
- •Rosin from my violin bowAnd all the dust that would fly around as I played. I loved the smell and the little rosin brick that slowly grew indentions as your ran your bow on it over and over again.
- •Library booksThe slight musty smell of paper that had been closed tightly together on a shelf waiting for someone to take it home and the new book that smelled of fresh ink on paper.
- •Cigarettes and the way they smell in shag carpetBoth my parents smoked when I was a kid and I'd usually be found on the floor for whatever reason and that synthetic carpet smell laced with stale cigarette smoke never escapes you. I still feel the urge to cough thinking about it.
- •Whiskey and honeyWhen I was sick, my mom would make a mixture of whiskey, honey, and lemon juice and I loved it. I would fake cough trying to get it. It's still one of my favorite smells and I still drink it when sick... or just thirsty.
- •My grandparents' house in GreensboroIt smelled like old fancy antiques, rugs, and narcissism. And a touch of mothballs. I hated it.
- •A drawer in my other grandmother's dressing table where she kept my grandfather's old watches.It had this distinct wood smell that would escape for a moment every day when she opened the drawer to wind his watches.
- •Chlorine from the poolI lived at the pool growing up and then at the indoor pool in high school because a bunch of my friends were on the swim team. The bubbled dome trapped the steam of the warmer months with the heavy doses of the chlorine used.
- •My dad's old office where there was a car parts store attached. It was his dad's oil business and until I was about 8, he owned it.It smelled like a typical car garage with gasoline and oil.
- •Silly PuttyI loved that stuff. Especially pressing it onto newsprint where it would absorb the ink so you print it somewhere else.
- •Tempera paintFrom kindergarten. That was the paint we used all the time and I remember painting an oval wooden basket in this vivid magenta color. The paint that dried on your skin would slowly crack and peel as your moved your body.
- •A box of crayonsThe smell was completely intoxicating to me when I'd break the seal on a fresh box.