Humans have memory triggers that set off very strong recollections of past experiences. A memory trigger can be a sound, a particular scent, or something you see that flashes you back into your past. These triggers cause you to relive long ago times so intensely, nothing else exists but the moment you are reliving. Memories relived so strongly, so vividly, you feel the same feelings you felt when the memory was born.
Our dog digs the rugs with her nails to get it "just right" so that she can walk in a circle to the "right" angle and plop down to sleep on the rug. Periodically I notice the fur balls gathering on the rug and think of what Grandma might mumble. The right thing to do would be to shave those fur balls. So I get my sharp razor blade out and spend about twenty minutes shaving these one by one. I eventually have to put a bandaid on when I'm done but the rugs look brand new.
"Smell is the most powerful trigger to the memory there is. A certain flower or a whiff of smoke can bring up experiences long forgotten. Books smell musty and rich. The knowledge gained from a computer has no texture, no context. It's there and then it's gone. If it's to last, then the getting of knowledge should be tangible. It should be... smelly." This is so true, to this day I love the smell of pulp from the local paper mill and fresh cow manure. I can't stand pig, horse, or turkey manure but don't mind the manure smell from a holstein. The smell of both remind me of my childhood. I'm looking forward to being a grandmother someday but am in no big hurry. I'll pass on the traditions of pedicures, day lilies, no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies and sweaters. I hope to pass on some of my own like the fresh smell of herbs, the garden and love of watching birds.
All I know now is that my sons think I'm weird. My oldest son told me this week, "Mom you're weird, some mothers do yoga, and it's ok don't get me wrong but you blog, love birds and love basketball. I'm not trying to hurt your feelings but I don't know anyone that's like you." I smiled and didn't take it personally. I thought it was great. I don't want to be like anyone else. If my grandmothers were like everyone else my brain wouldn't have been triggered by these wonderful memories.