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Scents and Memories

Today, my husband and I were doing our usually monthly grocery shopping.   One thing I had on my list was lotion.   When we got to the lotion aisle, my husband said “What brand?”.   “Jergens”, I said,  “original scent”.   He laughed and said “That’s because it reminds you of your grandmother!”  So true…

My maternal grandmother, Letha Rae Stewart Stephens (1908-1994), always had a milk glass bottle of Jergen’s lotion on her dresser.  She used it every day.  I love the smell of that lotion.  Now whenever I smell the original scent I think of her and the many summers my siblings and I spent with my grandfather and her in Mountainair, New Mexico.  I think of the daily trips to the post office to check the mail…going out to the farm…fishing in the Manzano Mountains…the numerous fruit trees in the backyard…climbing around all the Indian ruins…looking for arrowheads and picking bing cherries.  And most of all, the smell of my grandmother as she hugged and kissed us each night before we went to bed.

“Nothing revives the past so completely as a smell that was once associated with it.”   ~ Valdimir Nabokov

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