Certain smells

make me happy. Certain smells make me sad.

Wet cardboard turns my stomach. It makes me feel dirty and poor. It brings back memories that I thought I had forgotten about.

Lavender makes me smile. It reminds me of doing laundry on lazy Sundays when my life was everything I wanted it to be.

Plastic chairs make me flinch. It brings to mind days I spent in preschool when I was a lost little boy living through a sad lifetime movie.

Cucumber melon body soap, though it smells a bit like farts to me, always makes me smile. It reminds me of my formative years when my older sister was always there for me as I struggled and came to terms with my place in the world.

Frozen tater-tots makes me cry. I’m not sure exactly why, but I’m pretty sure it has to do with something from my youth.

Mountain rivers inspire a sense of wonder and amazement with the world. It brings back memories of trampling through the forest and exploring the fantastic. Memories of the Lions Club that we created to seek out and thrive in the wilderness.

Cigarettes alone make me sick, while cigarettes mixed with motor oil and gasoline is a smell so near and dear to my heart that I struggle even to explain it to others.

There are many other smells that elicit an emotional response, these are just the most prominent in my life.

Thanks for reading. Good luck and godspeed.

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