Throwback Thursday #43 – Sensory Memories


Maggie’s bringing a wonderful set of questions for this week’s Throwback Thursday. I associate most experiences with one or more senses. This should be a fun write.
Maggie says: “Memories can be so powerful, and we all experience certain things that trigger those memories. Sit back and be aware of your senses. Think about the songs, smells, tastes, or sounds that evoke strong memories.

Maggie explains all the possible ways to participate in the prompt this week. Head over to her blog to read about how you can join in.

This week’s prompt is: Sensory Memories

  1. Do certain smells bring back memories for you? Maybe a flower, or a perfume, or the smell of a certain food cooking? If so, can you share one such memory?
    Quite a few smells bring back memories for me. Smelling matzoh ball soup always reminds me of my grandmother and my aunt. As a child I very easily could have simply dined on the matzoh balls and skipped the entrée. The aroma wafting through my nostrils made and makes me feel safe and comforted.
    The smell of brownies baking reminds me of cooking with my children. When they were little, brownies were a very special treat. They each liked one of the beaters when we finished. I got to lick the bowl. LOL When I took over hosting the holiday meals my aunt insisted I make brownies every time.

  2. Have you ever sensed a strong smell that reminded you of someone only to realize the smell was not actually present? How do you explain that?
    This has happened to me a few times. I don’t have any way of explaining it at all. I assume my brain is pulling on my heartstrings and sending some sort of message to me.
  3. What song immediately whisks you back to another place and time? Share a YouTube video, or name the song and tell us about the memory.
    I’m of that age, you know, someone who hated the Vietnam War and protested against it, but respected those who went because they believed they were supporting our country. My older brother enlisted in the army. I had friends leave for Canada. Some friends never made it back from Vietnam. Many of the songs from that era overwhelm me with sadness. 

4. Is there a taste that reminds you of a person, place or memory? Does that food happen to be one of your ‘comfort foods’? The taste of latkes and blintzes remind me of my mom. I loved hers so much that for a very long time I wouldn’t even attempt to make my own. Now, when I make them, I feel very connected to my mom. Yes, they are both comfort foods.

5. Have you ever been somewhere new and immediately felt at home as if you have been there before? Yes, I have entered the homes of a few people and felt like I was there before, when in fact I had never been there. It might have just been an extension of the comfort I already felt with them. 

6. Have you ever experienced déjà vu? If so, how do you explain it? I have experienced déjà vu on numerous occasions. I can’t explain it, but it sure felt real. Seeing as how I am not convinced that there are not multiple universes, maybe I am living earlier in another one.

7. Are there sounds that remind you of another place and time? (Something like a clock ticking, a train whistle, a horse galloping, gentle rain, etc.)
Clocks ticking, remind me of my mom’s house. I can’t handle the sound, but clocks soothed my mom for some reason. When I cleaned out her house after she passed, I found over 20 small clocks.

8. Do certain textures or colors trigger memories? Yellow roses remind me of my mom. They were her favorites. I loved them too. In her 70s and 80s my mom added fake yellow roses in many spots in her house. I was never a fan of the fake ones. 

9. Do certain stories, books, or poems remind you of someone from your past? Every time I think of Beverly Cleary books, I think of my 6th grade teacher. He was the first adult male that ever read to me. (well, it was the whole class) I was mesmerized by his voice. I read all her books to my children. When I was working on one of my master’s projects, I did an analysis of her books. I wrote about how she changed her characters  over time. 

10. What sensory stimuli surrounding you and your present environment do you think might evoke memories of you for your family or friends? I have shared salt and pepper shakers with many family and friends. Not many people have hundreds of sets that they enjoy. I hope my scrapbooks do their job and bring lots of memories for my family.

13 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday #43 – Sensory Memories

  1. Being a young person watching peers get drafted was such a tremendous burden. One we were all too young to endure. I think that’s one of the reasons I feel such empathy for the young men fighting in Ukraine. I like that you have very strong sensory memories that tie you to the people you love.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I still remember the taste of the best latkes and the best chicken soup I’ve ever had in my life. They weren’t made by the same person and in both cases, the chef is unfortunately deceased. Sadly, I did not manage to get the recipe before they passed. But I so vividly remember that soup and those latkes, they were just that good.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s