THIS WEEK’S CHALLENGE: Choose either sight, sound, or smell, and write a memory it triggers in you.
I chose to write this evening about the sense of smell. My “smeller” is better than the average person at enjoying wonderful aromas. Unfortunately, the antithesis is also true. My nose is superb at over-smelling foul odors.
For as long as I can remember, I have enjoyed the wafting scent of latkes frying. My mother was an expert at making them perfectly crispy without over cooking them. My brothers and I would race to fill up our plates while they were still scalding hot, right out of the frying pan. Growing up, when it came to latkes, patience was not found at our table. I did not want to be a nuisance, but I had to request she not use onions in her recipe. Once I realized how much damage onions did to my stomach, I tried to stay away from them.
Another amazing aroma that brings me memories of Mom is spaghetti sauce. As a child, it would simmer all day long on the stove making my stomach yearn for the smell to move to my taste buds. I don’t eat spaghetti at restaurants as they are never as good as Mom made. I am happy to say, that mine is a close second. I too, allow the wonderful aroma to fill my house all day before giving in to the taste.
Unpleasant odors bring memories too. I can smell a skunk long before anyone else does. Sadly, one time my dogs got in a fight with a skunk, and the smell was horrendous. I tried tomato sauce as recommended by friends. I did not want to disparage their idea, but all that accomplished was turn me off tomatoes for a long time. I am confidant that Ragu will never be eccentric enough to sell Skunk scented sauce. I called the vet and purchased Skunk-Off. (I thought he was joking.) The smell was so bad that after using the lotion I had to throw away the clothes I was wearing to wash the dogs. They smelled “better” but not pleasant enough for kisses for a long time.
Now that I have developed serious “scent” allergies I have to protect myself from fragrances that can be life threatening to me. I can not be exposed to perfumes, scented cleaning products, air fresheners, etc. unless I am willing to risk my throat closing. Happily, food smells just bring me pleasure.