My father tells me I have a memory like a steel trap. This used to make me laugh, but now I actually think it might be true. I can remember just about everything - mostly odd things like the names of obscure songs, television shows, actors, etc.
I once read (or was told by someone) that the sense of smell is the most closely related to memory. I find this to be so true:
- The smell of Salon Selectives hairspray immediately transports me back to my junior year of high school.
- The smell of vanilla reminds me of when I was little and my mom would spend one entire day baking Christmas cookies.
- The smell of lilies takes me back to my grandma's funeral - the sickeningly sweet smell turns my stomach to this day.
- The smell of fresh orange juice makes me think of the warm mornings Patrick and I sat eating breakfast overlooking the Caribbean in Mexico.