I picked up some coffee at Starbucks before the drive to work on Friday and was suddenly struck by one of those intense scent memories that seem to just grab you and send you back in time. This time it was the scent of brewing coffee, it brought on a wave of nostalgia, recalling afternoons spent writing with friends after our teaching sessions were done. It made me realize that the smell of coffee, cigarettes, and CK One will always make me think of writing and grad school. It’s a scent that evokes all kinds of memories and puts me in a creative mood.
There are a few other scents that also evoke fond memories. There’s this one smell of humidity and flowers that catches me by surprise every so often and makes me think of my trip to London. It’s a combination of potpourri and rain.
The smell of crayons will always remind me of the first day I went to school. And the smell of tempera will always remind me of high school art classes.
Then there’s the smell of books, one of the best smells.