We were talking about memory cues in my cognitive development class the other day, and our teacher asked us to think of certain smells that cued specific memories for us.
My number 1 memory inducing smell.....
Whatever cologne [the guy] was wearing on the worst date I've ever been on. I don't know what cologne it is, but any time I get a whiff of it from a friend or a random passer-by, I am filled with panic and horror. Images flood my mind: Pina Coladas. Pianos. Dinosaur park. Mini van. Our height difference. Falsetto singing voice. Seriously. Combine all those things and that wasn't even the half of it.
And that was amusing to me, so I tried to think of some more smells that reminded me of things.
Saw dust: My childhood. Home. Dad building things. Unfinished walls. Spiders. Really bad hair cuts.
Alcohol wipes: Every time I smell alcohol wipes I pretty much black out because I've permanently coupled that smell with getting blood drawn or having an IV put in. I feel wobbly just thinking about what alcohol wipes smell like. Seriously, if someone wanted to render me defenseless (you know, like for kidnapping) all they would have to do is hold an alcohol wipe up to my nose. It makes me all dizzy and gooey. And there's a good chance I'd barf. But hey, good luck carrying my dead weight kidnapper man!
Other smells that remind me of my childhood in general:
That cinnamonny smell in most craft stores.
Gun powder. (You know.. from like... when Dad used the nail gun to put in flooring. "Fire in the hole!!")
Well. That's all I can think of. BYE.