I'm loving these audience-participation posts. I have to say, you folks are a triple threat - great taste in tv, music AND books! Thanks for chiming in.
This week, a colleague of mine brought in a twelve-pack of Pepsi Throwback. Have you heard about this product? It's a limited release brand of Pepsi that is made with real sugar, as it was before they switched to high fructose corn syrup in the early 1980s.
My friend handed a can of Pepsi to anyone who'd take one, and when I cracked mine open, the smell that hit my nose transported me instantly to the 1970s. I don't remember the Pepsi formula changing. I'm not sure I even knew it happened. But, I'll tell you, the smell was unmistakable: it smelled like childhood.
It started me thinking about the smells that bring me back.
Like this: There's some kind of floor cleaner out there that, to me, smells strongly of green lollipops. I don't smell it often, but when I do, I am instantly walking through the side door of my elementary school. (As it turns out, according to what I've been reading, it's not a very good sign that this is the sort of smell that triggers my childhood memories. But, there you have it.)
So, what are the smells that bring you back? What do they smell like and where do they bring you?