This post is in response to a prompt from Kelly at *Weekly Anamnesis.* I like Kelly’s word prompts to help me think of something to write. She is not picky about when someone uses a word. It can be a word from previous weeks, which I have done before. But today I am using “Smelly” which is actually this week’s word. Anyone is welcome to use her prompts. Just go there and follow the instructions. I love to see what different people write about the same word prompt.
When I first saw Kelly’s word this week, I thought of several things about which I could write. I have an incredible sense of smell. The problem was which thing relating to smell should I address? I had several ideas, but was not sure I wanted to go down those paths. Then I thought of another post I have been wanting to do for a long time, and it involves “smelly stuff.” I had it planned for last Friday. But last Friday was not a good day for me. Fridays are always busy–probably my busiest day (which is why my usual Friday post has been sporadic since school started), but last Friday was the worst yet. So no post about smelly stuff. No post at all. And that post will have to wait because for ME (not you, but this is my blog), that is a Friday-specific post. I will try again next week.
So that left me with what should I write about for Kelly’s prompt? I still cannot really decide, so I will just tell you a few things about me and my wonderful sense of smell.
Having an acute sense of smell, as you can imagine (or know if you have one, too), is not always good. In fact, sometimes it is very, very bad.
Like the time I was on a six-hour flight to Iceland a week after having my wisdom teeth pulled. I was still a little sick from the anesthesia. (Anesthesia and me are not the best of friends, although I would suffer through the effects of it every dental appointment if allowed.) I am pretty sure this was after I learned to be afraid of flying, and the flight was more than a little bumpy. It was bumpy enough that my ginger ale was sloshing over the side of the cup.
Icelandair in earlier days (I do not know about now) was a wonderful airline, except that it was crowded. They would cram six seat across when most planes would have five. And I think cram four rows where most airlines had three. Something like that. On this particular flight, there was not an empty seat, and there were a bunch of demanding people on board. I do not remember where they were from. All I remember is that they were continually making demands from the flight attendants, who were bouncing around bringing them this and that. My ginger ale was gone, and I had politely asked for more. They forgot about me in the mess. (I LOVE Icelandair flight attendants; it was not them that was the problem.)
In addition to this, I was in a middle seat. I would never get a middle seat now. NEVER. But then it could not be helped. On one side of me was someone who should have purchased two seats. I had about half of my seat available for my use. (A six-hour flight, mind you.) And on the other side of me was a girl who was smelly. She was thin, and we could have shared some space, but I know she had not showered or bathed in more than a week. (Or maybe she had just finished a marathon and had neglected cleaning up.) Remember my queasy stomach? This was not a good time to have a good sense of smell.
Waiting for more ginger ale, I sat and sat and sat and watched things bump and slosh. My nausea increased. I turned the air full force on me in hopes of relieving some of the sickness, but to no avail. Finally, I realized I had no choice but to make my way to a lavatory. This was long before “September 11,” and the line for the lavatory was at least 15 people long. Knowing I was good at holding back throwing up, I was still uneasy about the line. I took the bag in the seat pocket in front of me with me.
Time was irrelevant as I stood in that line. I have no idea how long I was there. I only remember focusing on things other than how I felt. I actually felt the smallest bit better after getting away from the smelly girl, but things had gotten too far before I left. When I made it to the lavatory, I threw up. I was proud for not doing it in the aisle-way (which would have caused a chain-reaction if anyone near were anything like me), but I had never done that on a plane before.
Feeling enough better to survive, I returned to my seat, climbed over the sleeping, smelly girl and sat on the half of my seat that was left due to the very large sleeping man next to me. Unfortunately, I never sleep on planes. I wish I could, but sleep always eludes me. As I sat down, the flight attendant brought my ginger ale. The rest of the flight would be better…
When women are pregnant, often their sense of smell heightens. For me, I knew every time I was pregnant before any test would show it (other than a blood test) by the things I smelled. It is no wonder women get morning round-the-clock sickness those first weeks (16 weeks for me) of pregnancy. Every time I remember smelling cows when I knew the nearest ones were several miles away.
But having a keen sense of smell has some benefits. I can smell my roses when I am coming up the street from someone else’s house. When visiting my family in Missouri in May, I can smell the honeysuckle hundreds of yards away. What an intoxicating scent that one is! Scents I love can completely change the course of my day. My days are stressful, but the right candle, my favorite perfume, the bread baking in the oven, rain or a million other beautiful smells can nearly make me forget my stress.
Hopefully, this Friday will clue you into my “smelly stuff” post. It really is not about “smelly stuff,” but that plays a part which is why I was going to use it with this prompt. It will be a fun one when I get to it. It has something to do with Prince Charming, so be on the lookout. (I am pretty much duty bound to get that done this week now, am I not?)