Do certain smells bring back memories for you? Maybe a flower, or a perfume, or the smell of a certain food cooking? If so, can you share one such memory? Lavender always makes me think of my aunties, they used to wear that perfume when I was young. My favourite flower is a rose. They were my dad’s favourite flower. When he was dying, it gave him great comfort to see them out of our front room window.
Have you ever sensed a strong smell that reminded you of someone only to realize the smell was not actually present? How do you explain that? I’ve never really had that sensation. It is more of a feeling that when I’m going through some tough times in my life that my family are around me. Especially my dad. I was close to him growing up, and only seventeen when he died. He was my role model and best friend. I know he is watching over me, but it isn’t a smell, but more I don’t feel alone.
What song immediately whisks you back to another place and time? Share a YouTube video, or name the song and tell us about the memory. There are many songs which take me back to an emotional time. Abide with Me always makes me cry. Carousel, you’ll never walk alone and I am walking with my dad. Growing Pressure out of Encanto, and again it brings an emotion to the surface. It is good to cry, to allow yourself a time to heal and remember the good times.
Is there a taste that reminds you of a person, place or memory? Does that food happen to be one of your ‘comfort foods’? Biscuits have always been my comfort food. I remember when my nephew stayed over at Mum and Dad’s. We used to have warm milk and ginger biscuits. To dunk them was a brilliant. Even when you lost part of the biscuit in the milk.
Have you ever been somewhere new and immediately felt at home as if you have been there before? When I go somewhere new, it always feels like I have been somewhere before. Sometimes it is a moment, where I think for a second, knowing I have been in that moment before. Sometimes I have dreams, where they happen in real life. Some dreams traumatic, and some happy. I dreamt that my daughter was giving birth and I was lucky enough to witness my granddaughter being born. At the time they were disjointed, but made sense when it actually happened.
Have you ever experienced déjà vu? If so, how do you explain it? Many times.
Are there sounds that remind you of another place and time? (Something like a clock ticking, a train whistle, a horse galloping, gentle rain, etc.) Not really.
Do certain textures or colors trigger memories? I have never liked the colour green, I’m not sure why. I think it is an unlucky colour to wear, I’m sure why. Red is my favourite colour, especially in roses.
Do certain stories, books, or poems remind you of someone from your past? I wandered lonely as a cloud, makes me think of my best friend. We were in maths, as teenagers, and it made us laugh. We made up our own words, and giggled in the middle of a lesson. We got sent to the deputy head because Mr Glover didn’t see the funny side.
What sensory stimuli surrounding you and your present environment do you think might evoke memories of you for your family or friends? Maybe they would see a pen or an old note pad they will think of me.
I am a fifty something mother of two grown up children, and one beautiful grandchild. I have been married for nearly thirty-four years. My first book was published ten years ago. I wrote my book Sticks and Stones because of my experience of being bullied at school.
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Such lovely memories, Diana. Reading what you wrote about moments being experienced rather than places makes sense. I think I have felt the same. Since my sister’s passing, everytime I hear Bridge Over Troubled Waters it beings me to tears. Our senses are so powerful! Thanks for joining in.
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