Welcome to my 2020 Blogging A-Z April Challenge. Each day, I will post a brief Journal On! Daily Writers’ Workshops lesson and prompt. Teachers, parents, and students may use the material to encourage daily writing practice, spark insight, and embrace mindful reflection.
What’s that smell?
Odors silently surround us and carry an abundance of information and memory. Sadly, our olfactory system is not as developed as many animals. We can’t track one person by smelling his sock or sniff out bugs or explosives. The sense of smell is closely associated with taste (we had explored that in L is for Lollipops). Smell and taste share many descriptive words like sweet, sour, and yukky. Odors spark clear memories and take us back to familiar places and people. For instance, sometimes, when I smell a freshly picked tomato, I am back in my great-grandmother’s tiny garden in Brooklyn, where she would snap a tomato leaf and make me smell the growth and promise of delicious fruit.
Let’s explorer odors in our journals.
Until tomorrow, Everyone.
Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.