Mary Jo Brown: Appreciate smells of life

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May 1, also known as May Day, has come — so does that mean spring is here? To me the answer is yes. Flowers in bloom, more sunshine, freshness in the air are all a sure sign that the seasons have changed.

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Mary Jo Brown

Do you often think of the senses we have and use daily? Smell is one of the stronger senses used in recognition of things around us. Coffee in the morning, popcorn popping, fresh bread baking, cleansers used by certain people, perfumes, those personal smells we associate with others. The perfume mom or grandmother used or uses, cologne used by my dad, cleaning solution used by my sister-in-law, and on and on.

The sense of taste is closely associated with the sense of smell. Have you ever tried plugging your nose so you don’t taste a medicine? Go by the local fast food place and the smell penetrates your senses and you want some lunch, dinner or a snack.

Smells can also spur memories, such as what lilacs do for me. Lilacs were my sons’ favorite flower just as carnations were my mom and dad’s. When I smell them, sweet memories of loved ones return. Certain foods cooked in a special way will stir up memories of days gone by and family connections I was blessed with.

Smells can warn us of danger, lead us to temptation, pamper us, change our mood or feelings and even indulge us with a sensory calmness. Take the time and try to identify the smells throughout your day and how they make you feel. Think of how we would feel differently if there were no smells. No smell of chocolate, roses, campfire, a baby’s skin, fresh linen — so many small blessings taken for granted every day.

Delight in the simple pleasure of a smell or fragrance: those whiffs of flowers in bloom, fresh rain, upturned soil and even the muddy wet dog running by you side after a game of fetch at the river. Perhaps it’s the smell of soap in a bath, dinner cooking, crisp air on a snowy morning, freshly mowed grass that you enjoy and there are so many different smells throughout the day.

Go out and take a deep breath of something good and enjoy the exhilarating feeling of being able to enjoy the moment alone or with others.

Happy birthday wishes go out to Sarah Faye Paulson, Christine Tabor, Sarah VanGrandt, Charles Gallegos and Shirley Rogers. Get well and speedy recovery wishes go out to Tillie Gallegos, Louis Herrera and Larry Keller.

Thank you to Eagles Nest Preschool and the students of Sunset Elementary for the lovely May Day baskets that were given to the residents of Sunset Meadows.

An early happy Mother’s Day wish for Sunday to all you mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers and great-great-grandmothers out there. I hope it is a very enjoyable one.

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