I don’t know if you remember (or if you were ever forced to read) the short story “The Smell of Chrysanthemums” in high school. I am reminded of that story so many times. The short synopsis is this: a women recounted moments in her life where these flowers were present. Her wedding flowers, the birth of her child, and the funeral of her husband. I don’t remember the fine details, only that she hated that distinct smell, as her life was filled with sorrow.
On to happy times! I love fragrances and it is true that we can be reminded of times in our lives by certain aromas and fragrances. Who can forget the delicate smell of your Mom right after she put Jergens lotion on her hands? It was a staple in our house growing up. It is labeled “cherry almond” in small print today to identify it as the original!
And baby lotion and powder. I kept a gigantic pink bottle of Johnson’s baby lotion right by my boys’ beds and when they were tiny babies, I applied it liberally to their delicate skin. I continued that tradition with my grandchildren. And I powdered their little feet, only their feet!
When Neal and I were married, we chose to have our ceremony by the beautiful evergreen Christmas tree at the ranch where we were going to live. Neal built the house and it was just perfect for us and our family for the wedding. I will never forget the amazing smell of the evergreen tree that evening. It was magic. The tree was enormous and filled the house with a fragrance that lingered for weeks.
This time of year I love the gardenia scent in my garden. It’s a lovely feeling to enjoy this annual offering as the breeze carries it nicely. My English roses have a wonderful scent too and I enjoy each blossom so much. Lavender makes me happy too.
Inside my home, I love more spicy fragrances and I will opt for potpourri that is comprised of apples, oranges, and cinnamon. One of the things that I enjoy is simmering fruit peels and cinnamon on the stove. When you peel apples and oranges, store the peels in the refrigerator until you have enough to use. In a small saucepan, put about two cups of water, peels from four or five fruits, and one teaspoon of cinnamon. Simmer, being careful to add water throughout the day as it evaporates. This makes a wonderful fragrance that wafts throughout your home. But be aware, your family and guests will be expecting an apple pie when they arrive!
Surround yourself with lovely fragrances. It will make a difference in your day.
What is your favorite fragrance or aroma?