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Deep Thoughts From the Porter



I walked into the elevator this morning and our building’s porter was cleaning the wood paneling with Pledge furniture polish. I smiled at him and said that the smell of Pledge always makes me think of my mother’s house as a kid. We had weekly chores, one of which was dusting our furniture with Pledge. “The smell makes me homesick now,” I said.

“But now you are a Mom and you get to make those memories for your child,” he said.

I had never thought of this. I don’t know why, either. Smells have always been very powerful memory triggers for me, why would they not be for Sabine? What smells will she associate with home one day when she is far away from me and starting a life of her own? What smells do my friends associate with me?

Vinegar. I clean everything with various mixtures of vinegar, essential oils, baking soda and Bon Ami. Lavender essential oil. Cedar “flushable” cat litter. The smell of coffee in the morning. Perhaps my hot stinky coffee breath?

What scents do you think your children, friends and family will remember you for?



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  1. Mo #
    April 14, 2014

    I freaking love this.

  2. April 14, 2014

    Probably sweat from my runs :). Windex, coffee, hand lotion (the smell changes when I run out). The smell of bacon still makes me think of my grandmother and all the times spent at her house as a kid. Awesome post!

  3. robin #
    April 14, 2014

    “Mommy’s chocolatey breath when she comes in after we were supposed to be asleep already” – my kids

  4. April 14, 2014

    Lol. My husband uses the same hairspray my mom used when I was a kid. I can legitimatly tell him “you smell like my mom!”

  5. Shelley #
    April 15, 2014

    Can you do a post on cleaning? Specifically your processes and materials? I suck at keeping my house clean and want to be better at it.

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