First and foremost a very Merry Yuletide to you. Today is the first of the 12 Days of Christmas. Each day between now and the 12th Day there will be a sensory challenge; part of a journey, culminating, for those who want to, in writing a ghost story. Don’t worry though, you can do the 12 Days without writing a story at the end. Each day is an exercise, a little bit of gymnastics to warm up the grey cells and prevent them from falling asleep by the fire. Along the way there will be anything from anosmia to zygomatic. Every comment you post along the way will be worth an entry into the draw for a money can’t buy prize. Today’s topic is……
From Proust and his madeleine to Gio’s socks, smells are known to conjure up images. Imagine what it must be like to be unable to smell (anosmia); the scent of pine, boiling sprouts and roasting meat all lost. But equally what is it like for those whose senses are enhanced or altered in some way; synaesthesics who may smell a colour, or those who can identify a smell-face. Perhaps the smell is a precursor to a psychotic episode, or evidence in a murder trial.
Take a deep breath…… what can you smell, is it pleasant, rank, evocative?
What is the smell of Christmas for you? Is it one thing, or a combination? Is there one smell that can take you back to a particular place or time?
So today a comment about smells please, a memory, a link, something from literature – anything smell related that will intrigue, educate or amuse.
Here is a Spotify playlist to help you along.