23 July, 2008

Time Machine

I stepped into what I thought was the shower this morning; I was wrong, what I stepped into was a time-machine. I turned on the water, soaped up, and was instantly transported back to 1971. It was Fall, I was a freshman at Vermont College. James Taylor was on the stereo, my hot pink rib-cord bedspread was smoothed neatly on my bed, under pillows and stuffed animals. I sat at my desk, writing a love letter to my boyfriend; instead of working on a term paper that was due, all this under the watchful eyes of my Snoopy poster on the wall. My roommate was enthusiastically spraying "Eau de Love" as though she was fogging mosquitoes. The scent was clean and fresh; transporting... scents can do that for me. If you remember "Eau de Love" you probably also remember the Calgon commercial that begged "take me away". It wasn't Calgon that took me away today, but rather Dove. Dove Bodywash, the new "Energizing" grapefruit and lemongrass; it took me away all right, all the way back to the signature scent of my college days! What did I do with my time back then, anyway? No husband, no kids, no quilts... there really was life before all that? Apparently there was; I'm happy to remember, but more thrilled to be where I am today, in a place with roots and a purpose! Thanks, Dove, for the ride. Grab a bottle, you might just be surprised where this innocent body wash could take YOU.

Life is Good!

11 comments:

leigh anna said...

i always find scents that take me back to a place and time in the past. some are good places....some i wish i had never revisited. my favorite is when i smell something, and think "i've smelled this before" but can't seem to figure out what it is....but when it hits me, and the memory comes rushing back its such a great feeling! (you know the kind like when you pop up from sleep at 3 in the morning remembering the name of the person you have been trying to remember for days)

Nane said...

The taste of Tang takes me back to 1971. Cool post, your dorm room was as organized as your sewing room!

Su Bee said...

omigosh - scent lasts waaaay longer than memory! Remember a cigar-box full of pencils and crayons? White Rain? How fun - thanks for the little time warp, that's fun!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Scents and music have a powerful effect on me, too... and I'm glad to be where I am today, too ~ great post!

Quilt Memories said...

Lovely post, scents are very powerful for me as well, some I like, some not so much.The one I so vividly did NOT like was IVORY soap! Still don't.When our son was born, I remember my Mother being so appaled that I was using Dreft and not Ivory! Just nauseated me to smell it,WHY, I have no clue.
Bobbin

Libby said...

Scent memories are wonderful *s*

quiltmom said...

Ah Mrs.good needle, now you have me thinking about scents- I do remember Au de Love but I haven't seen this version of Dove. I do love Dove body wash and it always makes me think of my mom and growing up. In fact, my mom bought me the first bottle of Body Wash that is the deep moisturizering kind. I love of it and use it regularly.
You did make me think of some other scents that I wore at that time ( I was in grade 10) and I just remembered their names Jean Nate and Charlie.( I thought my menopausal brain was going to fail me). I also was given Chanel #5 from my first boyfriend and have never worn it again after we broke up.LOL It is funny the memories that scents will trigger- they say that they are the last memory sense to go.
Thanks for the memories...
Regards from a Western Canadian Quilter,
Anna

Salem Stitcher said...

The stairwell in our old office on 4th Street smelled like my elementary school. I miss those stairs.

I had the same rib-cord bedspread, just red not pink.

meggie said...

The olfactory sense is a very powerful one. I can be transported to lots of places with different perfumes.

Todd, Kari, Anna and Gracie said...

LOL..I LOVE the pictures!!! Thanks for a great post! lol...

Bonnie said...

Jergens Original lotion does that to me too. Almond scented....reminds me of my aunt and my grandma who always had jergens close at hand.

I just read the posts on Mason. WELCOME LITTLE GIZMO!!!!! I'm so thrilled for you!

*hugs*
Bonnie