I saw a Glade commercial the other day. Scent, it said, makes us feel like nothing else can.
I pondered the words.
It’s true. Smell really does make us feel like nothing else. Distinct smells have the ability to bring back memories and laughter, a grimace, a feeling of nausea or hunger or even a feeling of peace. We associate certain smells with certain events, like peppermint and pine with Christmas or fresh cut grass in the summertime. Some smells are so distinct, so unforgettable, that we need only a few words to conjure them for us. I’m sure everyone can think of an example. I can think of one right now – and it is the perfect time for it here in Ohio – it’s the smell of fallen leaves, and it makes me think of Halloween. I can picture, clear as day, tromping through the fallen leaves on…
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