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Old 07-30-2017, 10:04 AM   #1
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Simple memories of an earlier life.

I recall this time of year as a youth when I would go out to the garden as requested, pick tomatoes, and Mother would make Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato Sandwiches for lunch. I never cared for fresh tomatoes, so I just had a bacon sandwich. I rarely buy bacon, but I did last week on a whim and just finished a bacon sandwich spread with peanut butter. It is as if a "memory" chemical was released in my brain and I am sitting here relishing fond memories of my childhood. What triggers memories of your childhood? Discuss:
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Jacobs Cream Crackers with cheddar cheese and tomatoes, and Barry's Gold Label loose leaf tea.
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PB&J on white bread stuffed in a reused paper bag for lunch.

Pot roast of beef cooked over roast potatoes with peas. On Sunday's.
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Music. Anything top 40 playing from '69 to '71 throws me right back to carefree summers, school, learning to read, etc.

The smell of paper, crayons and clay. There's a closet at church, that, when opened, transports me directly to 2nd grade. This closet has the sunday school supplies. The smell is a wormhole to age 8.
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Old 07-30-2017, 10:44 AM   #6
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OMG, thank you a million times for this thread. I was lamenting childhood memories lately. My mom is in bad shape, Dad is long long gone as well as one of my 3 sisters. I get daily triggers for memories mostly food(my life always revolved around it). Old TV movies from the 40's -60's, thats how my house was run.
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Old 07-30-2017, 11:49 AM   #7
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Many things thankfully. Was a wonderful time. I have a pouch of Amphora Brown pipe tobacco that I bought maybe 15 years ago that I keep in my bedside table drawer at the cottage. One whiff of it evokes great memories of my father. Sadly tobacco probably contributed to his passing at least a few years earlier than he otherwise would have.
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Mom usually picked strawberries w/us 4 kids. We did it to "earn" school clothes. She always made some strawberry jam. After the kids were out on their own she stocked us up with Tupperware containers. Mom & Dad are both in memory care now. She hasn't done jam for probably 5 or 6 years. I finished the last container a month ago. That jam always took me back to fun times in the strawberry fields
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When I was a teenage girl, I loved a perfume called Estee Lauder's Youth-Dew. My sister kidded me that it was for old ladies, which, as a powdery, floral scent, it probably was. But for my "expensive gift" one Christmas I begged for a fancy little compact with gel perfume inside. Amazingly, I got it.

I still have it, and when I pull it out now and then and have a sniff, I recall going on those fun teen dates where the two of you race to see who can finish the pizza fastest.
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The thing that does it for me is Jean Nate splash . In the summer we used to keep a bottle in the fridge to splash on on hot days .
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Yes! It smells just like limoncello!

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The thing that does it for me is Jean Nate splash . In the summer we used to keep a bottle in the fridge to splash on on hot days .
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I think I'd rather have the limoncello in the fridge (ok freezer) than Jean Nate. LOL
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Interesting thread. My husband was cooking the sauce for a lasagna this morning - so sauteing onions, garlic, thyme etc... He learned the recipe basics from his Sicilian grandparents. At the same time our piano teacher was here giving piano lessons. She's from Brazil but her parents were from Sicily. She commented that it reminded her so much of the smells of her mother cooking.

For me some of the "triggers" of childhood memories:
- Any coconut based sunscreen.... Spent a lot of time at the beach and in the pool as a kid - and that's what every sunscreen smelled like.
- grilled cheese and soup for lunch... that was a special treat mom used to make for us on cooler days.
- The sounds of kids playing sports in the middle of the street on summer evenings. It's been a few years now that we have enough kids on our long dead end street for this to happen... Happened all the time when I was a kid... It meant summertime!!! (I live in the house I grew up in.)
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When I was a teenage girl, I loved a perfume called Estee Lauder's Youth-Dew. My sister kidded me that it was for old ladies, which, as a powdery, floral scent, it probably was. But for my "expensive gift" one Christmas I begged for a fancy little compact with gel perfume inside. Amazingly, I got it.

I still have it, and when I pull it out now and then and have a sniff, I recall going on those fun teen dates where the two of you race to see who can finish the pizza fastest.
I had an Uncle that worked during the Christmas rush at the Estee Lauder plant in long island. He once gave my 3 sisters rings that had a solid perfume in them. They were very 60's tie dyed psychedelic colors, thanks for the memory
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I'd go with my DF to the garden. He's bring a salt shaker and a knife. The fresh tomatoes were awesome. He always peeled them, I still do today.

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I can't hear Hotel California without being transported back to the bus on which a passenger was playing that song via portable radio, this on one glorious late spring afternoon while heading home after the final day of school.
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I didn't like tomatoes either, so I'd have a BL with mayonnaise on toast. Aside from a few dinners mom would make, I distinctly remember my father making Ritz crackers with cream cheese and olives (green with pimentos) as a snack when he came from work that we'd share. He'd have a beer - I wouldn't - probably because I was about 10. But, when I'd get a beer out of the fridge for him and would pour it, I'd put a big head on it and drink the foam off the top.
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For some reason the Maria Muldaur song Midnight at the Oasis sends me back to the bedroom of my childhood home. I was 12 years old when this song was released.

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