The Value of Scents

Scents are somewhat like old tunes they remind us of certain times and events. In most cases they remind us of pleasant occasions. We shy away from unpleasant smells and odors which are usually associated with unpleasant things. Often the scents by themselves are neither favorable nor repulsive. It’s our association with them that we either like or dislike.

As a boy, I liked the smells of new cut grass early in the morning when the dew was still heavy; smoke from burnt leaves in the fall; fresh plowed soil prepared for planting; hot perked coffee ready for breakfast; burning hickory wood in an open fireplace; and cooking aromas as Mother prepared Sunday dinner.

As a high school student I remember the smell of old paper and books in the library; the musty odor of the gym dressing room; the lunchroom fragrance at about 10:00 in the morning; the aroma of Vitalis hair tonic when I still combed my hair.

One of my favorite fragrances is Blue Grass perfume. My girlfriend in college always wore Blue Grass perfume. I remember stealing one of her handkerchiefs and keeping it in my room just for its delightful odor. After graduation I married her. Fifty-one years later she seldom uses any perfume, but I can still remember that delightful scent that reminds me of the wonderful beginning of our lives together.