Fresh baked bread.
What links all these?
And with each one, it brings to mind something specific, a memory. Scientists say our sense of smell is the strongest of the five. A particular scent can produce a memory so vivid that we can temporarily lose our sense of time and be brought back to the moment associated with that scent.
Pool water reminds me of summer, swimming like a dolphin, playing with my kids.
Cilantro makes me think of guacamole dip, chips, and an iced cold Corona, sitting on my patio on a summer day.
Fresh baked bread brings me back to my childhood, when my mom would make it from scratch and set it on the kitchen hearth to rise.
Pine trees mean Christmas, and trudging through the cold with my boys and husband, trying to find that perfect tree before our toes froze.
Ocean breezes whip up memories of my teen years, when I lived near the Long Island Sound. My friends and I would hang out at the beach, swimming, having bonfires, throwing parties and 'parking' (making out).
Whether you're a writer, reader, student of life or all three, enjoy that olfactory organ and breathe it all in.