Q&A: Smells From Childhood

Question and Answer

"Campfire," remembers Julianne. "Always reminds me of the wonderful camping trips with my grandparents!" (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

What scents bring back vivid memories from your childhood?

  • Jeanne Ionata remembers: Wet earth after it’s just rained in the summer… wild grapes… melting tar.
  • Jackie Amuso Dolby remembers: The ocean… freshly cut grass… and chlorine.
  • Robin Morgan Huntley remembers: My nana’s Christmas cookies.
  • Diane Hinze Kanzler remembers: Rosewater–reminds me of my great-grandma’s hugs. Lilacs in bloom. Manure–reminds me of mucking out stalls when I was a kid…
  • Sara Barry remembers: Apparently the smell of a super hot, steamy shower running in the middle of the night—brought me right back to having croup as a kid.
  • Amanda Saklad remembers: Freshly cut lawn.
  • Anita Morehouse remembers: Anything associated with camping… growing up my parents had a seasonal camp site at Springbrook Campground in Shelburne, right off of Route 2.
  • Peter Freisem remembers: Good apple butter always reminds me of being at my grandmother’s house. She made her own, and it was tasty! Fortunately, I have her recipe.
  • Julianne Thibodeau Krutka remembers: Campfire! Always reminds me of the wonderful camping trips with my grandparents!
  • Nichole Alexander-choon remembers: Cigar smoke reminds gives me the picture of my pe pe sitting at my grams table smoking a pipe!! Also the smell of chicken soup reminds me of my grandmothers house!!
  • Anne H DeCourcey remembers: Scent of fresh ink in a picture book… snuggling up to my parents as they read to me.
  • Mary Serreze remembers: Ocean
  • Lisa Davol remembers: Freshly cut cucumbers remind me of my grandmothers kitchen.
  • Heather Johnson remembers: The way some old books smell on the inside.

One Comment on “Q&A: Smells From Childhood

  1. I can smell the melting tar, the wet concrete in basements of new homes being built that I explored, tulips in my yard that really smelled like tulips, wild strawberries that grew near “the brook”, mint growing on the side of the house, and the “fog machine”. Anybody else grow up near Chatham, NJ?

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