Wednesday, May 28, 2008


I have always been amazed with how our senses can transport us back in time....instantly. There is often no thought required, it just instantly comes. The last few weeks have been rough around here, so it's been nice transporting back to simpler times:

The 1996 song "Breakfast at Tiffanys"....heard it this morning. It transported me back to a BYU cheer trip to ASU and doing flips in the hotel swimming pool.

The Cake song "Short skirt and Long Jacket" (heard it yesterday) transported me to one of the many long California drives Bill and I did in our single days. I say single...we were married, just no kids yet. Those drives were somehow funner than they are now! Best line: "With fingernails that shine like justice" it.

Red Cherry popcicles....the ones with a lot of sugar ( not the sugar-free ones I eat now). That will always be swim lessons at the Canyon Racquet Club. I don't remember much about the lessons, I just remember it always came with red cherry popcicles.

I was talking to a friend at church when the smell of London Study Abroad came to was my friend's hand lotion. Stacey and I fell in love with an Escada fragrance (summer in province?) while in London and I have never been able to find that scent again. Bath and Body Works has a scent called "Velvet Tuberose" that is SO similiar. I felt like I was back in Harrods! (What's a tuberose?)

It's rare that I can walk into an elementary school and not be transported back to Eastwood Elementary. They have similiar smells. You would only notice the smell in September, and then would become used to it. My house has a similiar thing.....when I get home from vacations, it smells like when we first moved in. Parker always notices it. It's a good smell, just one I only notice after being away.

Noxema.....ummmmm. It's Coronado. I don't even know if they sell it anymore since I have switched to aloe vera.

Any song I've ever danced to will instantly transport me back to that time. I can often remember moves when I hear the music.

"Close Your Eyes" by James Taylor (heard it 2 days ago). One of his older songs, and I always loved it. I played it a few days after Parker was diagnosed with aspergers. It totally defines that time of life for me and put a few things in perspective at the time. Whenever I hear it, 4 years ago is back in a flash. Great song.....but of course, it's JT.

Any "memory-inducing" senses for any of you?


Marrdy Goehring said...

The smell of campfires makes me homesick for Girls Camp. We did make some really great memories...well you probably wished you could be in an air conditioned room instead of 8 months pregnant on top of a mountain at 101 degrees. Good memories anyway!!

Liz said...

Amen! Still loved the girl's camp, toilets or no toilets

Drew & Stacey said...

I am going to Bath and Body Works TOMORROW to try out Velvet Tuberose! Summer in Provence is still to this day the gretest perfume ever... I remember standing with you at the counter in Harrods that day!

Other memories? Anything by the Proclaimers takes me back to freshman year and Stover in a millisecond...