Isn't it interesting how closely linked smells, tactile sensations, and sounds are linked to memories? This past weekend, Brian and I were in Gananoque celebrating our 5th anniversary. While we were driving around looking for a suitable place to eat dinner (the end result of which is an entirely different and long story), we happened to end up in the exact location of one of my favourite 5 year old memories. The photo below shows the view that we had on Saturday from our van.
[Let's put this into perspective: I *specifically* remember shopping with my siblings and my mom when I was 4 - I'm guessing it was 4, it wouldn't have been 3, I'm sure - for back to school clothes, and I was so very disappointed that I didn't get a lunch box or a back pack or new socks or erasers. That's why I was so thrilled when I got to pick out my very own brand new nightgown. I can still picture what it looks like and can feel what it felt like to wear it. It's in a box in the top of my old closet at mom's house. This is how much it mattered that I finally got to go back to school shopping.]
I remember standing in the parkinglot behind whichever vehicle it was that we had then - probably Fritz (though they were all that, because that's what our licence plate sounded like, only the Olds was actually Fritz) - and my feet were so happy. I was wearing new purple socks. There's something about wearing a new pair of socks for the first time: everything about the socks is new and fresh - and they're so soft and cushy, like a little piece of high pile carpet under your foot wherever you go. I was also wearing my brand new white Reebok tennis shoes. They were like my mom's shoes, but my size. And that was so cool. (Hey, I never said that *I* was cool, and there's a very good reason for that.) The combination of wearing new socks in new shoes is pretty much like wearing a brand new pair of slippers. Outside. Awesome.
After this moment, we went to get our tickets, and then I bought my necklace and bracelet, and then we went on the boat cruise. But I remember that parkinglot. And the shoes. And the socks. And I was so excited. It was a great day.
More on smells and sounds later.