Let’s Talk with Karla Brandenburg

That Scent
by Karla Brandenburg

Is anybody watching the Outlander series, based on the books by Diana Gabaldon?

When I first started reading those books, I was enthralled. I started out of order, with the second book, and was so caught up that I went back to read the first one. And then the third. I have to admit the quality began to diminish for me after that, but those first two, especially, were so powerful that I actually took a trip to Scotland, on my own! But I digress.

One of the most compelling things about the Outlander novels is the attention to detail. We get to see the characters in living, breathing 3D. From the hairs on the back of Jamie’s hands, to the way his eyes slant like a cat’s, to the scent of Black Jack Randall.

Scent can evoke powerful memories. In this case, for Jamie it recalls his worst moments, a time when his spirit is broken. The scent of lavender can fell him as easily as the sight of his arch nemesis. But scent can also bring about fond memories.

lilacsI grew up in “The Lilac Village.” The middle of May is dedicated to the Lilac Parade, the Lilac Festival, the Lilac Queen and her princesses, who hold court in Lilacia Park. The park consists of walkways of various breeds of lilacs, and tulips designed into dozens of artistic patterns, but that smell… Every time I smell lilacs, I’m taken back to lilac time. Happy memories.

Is there a scent you associate with happy (or other) memories