- Orange grove in blossom, peach tree in the sun, apple orchard heavy with fruit: Can you smell the fruit? Gayle Brandeis gives the following scent exercises in her book Fruitflesh.
Describe the following:
- the scent of sanctity in a church;
- the scent of a favorite food;
- the scent of your house;
- the scent of a childhood friend’s house;
- the scent of your closet;
- the scent of your lover’s armpit;
- the scent of your child’s scalp;
- the garbage can in your kitchen;
- the rain.
Now think of what memories are triggered by smells.
The scent of roses always reminds me of my mother. She would send me home with a bouquet of roses from her garden when I visited. Pine tree and cedar smells bring back fond memories of summer vacations in the mountains. Other scent triggers include coffee, bacon, dill pickles. Share in the comments what scent memories you have.