Now that said, there’s just something comforting about the smell of fresh baked bread wafting through the air. As soon as it comes out of the oven, (especially if it’s rolls) one or more is plucked from the batch to be eaten without butter or any other condiment! The same comfort feeling can be said for brownies, cookies, cake, pecan pie or turkey on Thanksgiving! The scent alone makes you hungry, even if you didn’t realize you wanted food! And if you’re hungry, the feeling just gets more intense as you wait for it to finish!
Smells seem to be one of those things that can be as offensive as they are comforting! The smell of moldy books, an overfilled diaper pail, an un-emptied litter box, or burnt food can cause a stomach to lurch! One of my favorite movies has a story line about a couple who have this horrible odor in their house. It is so offensive, even hungry appetites disintegrated! The problem persists even though the wife cleans everything in sight. Finally the culprit is found! They discover a dead, disintegrating mouse in the heat vent or some such obscure place!
Other awful smells can be wet mops in a closet, or dirty dishcloths, dirty socks—giving a locker room smell (sorry guys!) or even the smell of burning rubber like you’d smell at a race track! That’s a smell my husband is particularly fond of and I used to tease there should be a candle of that scent just for men! What really blows my mind is an aftershave/cologne has been created called, “Sunoco Fragrance” and is advertised during a NASCAR race! Somehow, I’m just not thrilled. The thought of smelling that scent on a human body seems unnatural and certainly not appealing!
I had an uncle years back who has since passed away that loathed the smell of cucumbers! He insisted they smelled like snakes and wanted no part of it! My mother-in-law many times has come into my house, took a breath and said, “Somebodies cleaning! One of my son-in-laws asked why my house didn’t smell bad when cooking ham, cabbage and potatoes! Apparently before he married my daughter, he’d had contact with that smell and thought it offensive which proves one person can like a smell and another not!
Smells….. Are there some you loathe and others you love? Aside from the ones I mentioned in the opening paragraph I love the smell of lilacs, bacon and the fresh clean smell of babies; freshly turned earth in Spring and freshly cut grass! These scents remind me of my childhood, of my babies, of all that is good!
What smells do you avoid like the plaque? What smells are you drawn to? Do you find your family share similar likes and dislikes?