Memory Triggers

There are things that will forever trigger various memories for me. 

The smell of Charlie, will forever remind me of my Nana.  If I smell it in a store, or on a customer, I am immediately reminded of Nana.  This doesn’t happen very often anymore, as it’s not a super common or popular scent, but every now and then I’ll smell it, smile and think of her.  I have actually thought of buying a bottle, just to have, not to wear, but to smell every now and then.

The smell of the face powder she used, also one that gives me a sensory memory trigger.  My Nana was a woman who did not leave the house without her face on.  Lipstick was a requirement at all times.

The smell of Jean Naté reminds me of my grandmother, my Dad’s mom.  I hate the smell of it.  Cannot stand it.  I don’t know if this is because of the turbulent relationship with my grandmother, or if it is because Jean Naté just stinks.

So for as long as I live anything that smells of Lily of the Valley will remind me of my Mom.  It is her favorite flower smell.  When we were kids we would always buy her bubble bath, bath cubes, and perfume in Lily of the Valley scent.  Her perfume of choice has always been White Shoulders, but for everyday wear she almost always uses something that is Lily of the Valley scented.

As much grief as I gave my daughter for wanting a tattoo, I have decided that I will get a tattoo of my Mom’s favorite flowers tied with a blue ribbon, since blue is her favorite color.  I have asked Mack to draw something up for me.  The only issue I have is where to put it.  Tattoos are frowned upon in my workplace, they are not to show in any way.  I realize I could put it on my back or shoulder, but I wouldn’t be able to see it there, and I want to be able to see it.  Any suggestions are welcome.

Mack had already started working on drawing a tattoo of her own.  All of my parent’s dogs have had flower names.  She has made a circle of the various flowers that represent my Mom’s dogs.  It is really pretty.  She was talking about adding something to the middle, but I think it is fine as it is.



I think we may end up doing this together.  Once we finalize what we are doing, and where it should go.


4 Comments on “Memory Triggers”

  1. Holly says:

    Love the tattoo idea and love the tattoo design.

  2. Addison Cooper says:

    If you put it on your knee, it won’t show at work, but you’ll see it all the time… it sounds like a powerful tattoo…

  3. Maggie says:

    I have a tattoo of a Hibscus flower on my right ankle on the inside so I can see it all the time. I love the design Mack came up with! Where I work I have the same rule no tattoos being visable. My other is on my shoulder blade I can only see when I look in the mirror or when I glance over my shoulder. Good luck!

  4. Jen says:

    I love this idea! Where to put it? Shoulder can be seen in a mirror, but it’s not the same. Inner upper arm you could see but cover easily enough. I like inner ankle, but again, you’d have to be determined to cover it there. Let us know how that turns out.

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