Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Scent-i-mental Journey

More than any other sense, the sense of smell evokes the most lucid memories. A quick whiff of an unexpected yet familiar smell will immediately transport you to another place and time. There’s an aroma to my daughter’s school that is in some way similar to what I remembered smelling whenever I visited my Grandmom’s house. I don’t know if it’s because the buildings are the same age, or because they’re both brick, or perhaps it’s the familiar smell of the heat as it is drawn through the old radiators. The source of the scent is really insignificant – what’s noteworthy is how it makes me feel. My daughter’s school immediately feels like it’s a safe, warm, and nurturing environment because it reminds me of that special place. Similarly, when I’m burning a Spiced Pumpkin candle I’m filled with happy memories of being newly married and in my own home for the very first time. We couldn’t afford living room furniture so Evan and I made our vacant home feel cozy with our favorite Yankee Candle scent. Whenever that scent is in the air now, I’m overcome with the same warm and happy feelings. It’s an amazing thing when one sense is so powerful that it can change your whole perspective! It's also a key element to keep in mind when you want to make a moment even more memorable.


  1. I think I may have found my new FAVORITE blog!!! Love Yankee! Used to sell them. I regret leaving that job!

  2. That's great! What other blogs do you read?

  3. I usually just read my sisters, and a few Disney Blogs