Thursday, March 17, 2011

Remembering by smell

Sometimes, I use my sense of smell to help me travel down memory lane. It's something that I enjoy doing when I have difficulty sleeping at night. So, here is what I do.

I lie quietly and allow my mind to roam around. I can conjur up the scent of roses to help me remember their vibrant red color. I can bring back the smell of fresh cut grass to help me visualize fields of lush green and I can even manage to smell the salty sea to help me remember the sight of lazy white capped waves breaking gently against the golden sand and me frolicking with my dad and brothers in the breakers.

I can even visualize an ice skating rink by conjuring up the smell of the ice; yes, there is a distinguished smell to a rink just as there is a specific smell to a swimming pool. Then there is the unique smell of a hotel, the scent of pine to remind me of Christmass trees, the baking of cake and cookies to remind me of happy times, baking bread to remind me of granny, Old Spice cologne to remind me of dad and my brother Robert who have now passed on, and the scent of Oil of Olay products to remind me of mom.

Yes, using smell to remember! One of my favorite ways to help me fall asleep. I'm Donna j. Jodhan your friendly accessibility advocate wishing you a terrific day and urging you to go out there and try my strategy. Visit to learn more about me.

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