We like to shop at Costco and often my husband does the shopping on his way home from running on Saturday mornings. He does a great job looking for the best deal. Our dish soap had been the Kirkland brand for quite some time so when he came home from his last trip I noticed the dish soap had changed to my favorite color, green. It was Palmolive. I then remembered my mom used Palmolive dish soap faithfully when I was growing up. I didn't think anything more about it and kept using the current bottle of dish soap.
I went to do dishes one day last week, felt the bottle was quite heavier and saw it was the new bottle of Palmolive. I didn't think twice about it and started to pour a small amount into my kitchen sink. I was taken back by the scent of Palmolive dish soap and instantly thought about my mom using Palmolive dish soap when I was growing up. I can't really remember a particular dish story to tell you. I can't even really visualize her washing the dishes. What I can tell you is the scent of dish soap reminded me of my mother. It triggered a warm feeling in my heart and doing dishes now makes me smile.
The sense of smell is so strong - it can bring you back. Someone wore cologne that was the same as a boy I knew in high school. Took me right back.ReplyDelete
You know, I have no idea what kind of dish soap my parents used when I was a kid. For some reason we've settled on Ivory here in our house. I wonder if my daughter will get smell memories of it when she becomes an adult...ReplyDelete
My grandma used that all the time! I have the same reaction to "Scrub Free" kitchen cleaner. Do they still make that? We used it at a cafe where I was a waitress and every time I smell it, I am right back at that sink!ReplyDelete
I love this post! Scents can really take me to other places as well. If I remember, the scent of Palmolive is really distinctive - I remember it! Your connection to your mom through re-smelling Palmolive is very poignant.ReplyDelete