Monday, May 4, 2009

Monday Memory Madness


It's Monday so I can't forget to play Monday Memory Madness along with Dani over at Dani's Daily Drop. Today Dani asks if there is a particular scent that triggers a certain memory or an unpleasant scent that you may actually enjoy. It took me a while, but this memory came to my mind.

Any of you out there know the distinct scent from Chaps cologne for men? My Dad loved to use this cologne daily. All of us in the family would joke about how the scent was overpowering and not so pleasing. He would smile with his usual grin and assure us that there are those who appreciate a Chaps man.

My dear Dad passed away almost nine years ago. I would love to smell that Chaps cologne again. It would bring me back so quickly to those fond memories of Dad bragging about his Chaps. I think I would stop in my tracks if that scent came into the room. Another day wishing that I could give my Dad a hug :)

Please visit Dani's wonderful blog to link up and share your own special "scent" memory.

15 comments:

Ann Victor said...

Oh dear, this post made me feel melancholy (in a sort of good way!) My own beloved Dad is very frail at the moment (he's 81) and I can't imagine not having his "smell" in my life. I'm going to give him a hug right now!!!!!

Mari said...

It's funny how scents can trigger memories, Old Spice makes me think of my Dad.

becomingkate said...

Sometimes I catch a scent of someone's perfume, and it takes me back to grade 9 or 10. I have yet to figure out what it is, but it's very powerful! I can hear the music, see the old house, remember the clothes I was wearing. Amazing.

Dani said...

What a lovely post, Septembermom! Thanks so much for sharing your memory. It's such a beautiful thing to post about. I'm so glad our senses can hold such power for us. :)

Joanne said...

Scent is such a powerful trigger. There are so many scents I'll never tire of, they bring such comfort. Lilacs, the sea air, chicken and peppers simmering.

Buzzys Mama said...

Ok, it may just be my pregnancy hormones but this post literally made tears well up n spill over. I know the feeling of missing the smell of someone who has passed away. And while it would kill me to smell that smell again, sometimes I wish I could. Unfortunately they discontinued the perfume she once worse so I doubt I'll ever smell it again. Still, I hold the memories close and dear.
On a slightly less somber note, you seem to be pretty popular here in blogworld and I was wondering if you knew how a blogger can respond to her readers comments directly to their e-mails? I've had bloggers respond to my comments directly to my e-mail which I thought was odd since I don't advertise my e-mail address. I'd really appreciate the info if you know. Thanks!! Hope your Monday was fantabulous!!

Sara Moriarty-delaFuente said...

I am beginning to really look forward to these posts of yours. It is a great way to learn snippets of someone in an environment where that can be a bit difficult. You should buy yourself some Chaps to keep close. Happy Monday. Hope you have a wonderful week. ~Sara

LuAnn said...

Oh your post touched me. My dad just had his 74th birthday on Saturday. If I knew where you lived I would send you a bottle of Chaps to have that moment.
I just did a post for my dad. Check it out if you would like www.dailyblessings-luann.blogspot.com
Blessings to you!!!

Michelle said...

Oh that is a good one. I remember the smell of shaving cream and Old Spice in the bathroom with my dad -- pretending to shave. Thanks for helping me find that memory. I'm so sorry to hear about your dad.

Wendy said...

i really liked reading about your memory of your dad. i am sorry that you had to lose him already. it is another reminder of how short life is.

T Rex Mom said...

Scents can sometimes bring back powerful memories. Great memories about your dad.

Thanks for sharing.

CDB said...

This is a great memory. I have visceral reactions to some memory-triggering scents, as well. Thanks for sharing!

Cindy La Ferle said...

Funny you mention this. My husband and I were just talking about Old Spice and the memories it triggers of my late father. That night, we went to the local CVS and found it there, in different packaging, of course. We bought a bottle for my FIL and for my husband. As for Chaps, you might Google it and see what you come up with, or try Drugstore.com

Heather said...

The smell of Chanel 5 makes me almost vomit, because I was putting it on my mum, moments before she died. I can smell it a mile off and I literally have to put a hand over my nose and mouth. I wish it had the opposite effect and would bring back pleasant memories of her, but unfortunately it takes me back to that moment in time sitting at her hospital bed :(

Kim said...

Sorry to hear about your dad but I love his response about his cologne. I can picture him saying that. I know what you mean about the smell of a cologne good or bad. My sister has always worn the same perfume and whenever I smell it on someone else (very rarely) my head spins to see who the wearer is.