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30 Days of Thanksgiving, Day 8

Today’s word is memories.

Memories can be a funny thing. They can alter and change over time. They can make us laugh or cry at the thought. But the one thing I find interesting is that sometimes certain smells can trigger a memory.

It might be strange to say this, but there is a certain perfume that I’ve caught while in a movie theater that reminds me of my High School anatomy class. More specifically, it reminds me of when we dissected cats. It isn’t that the perfume smells like formaldehyde, but rather I’m sure another student was wearing it the day we did the dissection and thus the memory was imprinted on my mind with that scent.

The smell of a campfire can bring up all sorts of memories of family trips. Camping in tents, RVs or at cabins, we’d sit around a fire roasting marshmallow. Family get togethers that, after the fact, I realized were like family reunions and a lot of fun.

The smell of a wet dog I always say smells like burnt brownies to me. But it also reminds me of my first job working at an animal hospital. I would bathe around 10 dogs a day plus several cats. These dogs would range in age and size. It was hard, but busy work, making for an exhausting but fast moving day. And I made lots of “frens” along the way.

The smell of cow manure would remind me of visits to my uncle’s farm. I’d explore the barns, silos and fields for hours. God was definitely with me, because I was never hurt during my exploration. I crawled across a wooden plank over the top area of the silo where my uncle had stored grain. I found mummified remains of mice and lots of fun hiding places. In the barn, there was a pyramid of hale bales to climb over and under (some were stacked, making tunnels). Lots of fun for a city girl.

What smells have brought up memories for you?


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