March 2021 Slice of Life challenge
My friend bought some deodorant at Costco that didn’t work well for her so she gave me the other 3 containers knowing that I would put them to good use. The brand is the kind I use but the scent is not my usual.
I recently started using this new deodorant and the smell, vanilla rose, brought me right back 13 plus years ago to my late grandmother’s house. This vanilla rose scent smells the exact same as my grandmother’s bathroom. Specifically her powder room on the first floor. It was located in the hallway off the kitchen next to her back door. The tile work was blue, the toilet may have been blue at one time, but was probably updated and no longer matches the left over dark blue tile work. The toilet seat was one of those squishy ones for comfort. There were shell shaped soaps in a dish and a dark blue hand towel with embroidered flowers both sitting next to the sink. The wall has metal shelves that held extra hand towel and a couple of different air fresheners. One was an old aerosol spray can with a sticky peeling label and a rusty bottom. The other was a plastic cone shaped contraption that you twisted open to expose scented jelly to the air. My grandmother lived less than a mile from the home where I grew up so I used this bathroom for my entire life. That is until my grandmother passed away 13 years ago and we sold her house.
I haven’t thought of my grandmother’s house in quite sometime and definitely haven’t reminisced about her powder room, but isn’t is strange that a scented deodorant can so clearly draw those memories right out of my brain?