Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Smell of Grass and Other Things Olfactory

One of my greatest simple pleasures while out riding is simply smelling fresh, (Not "freshly" - that unfortunate, often misused adverb.) cut grass.

I've mowed the lawn many times since my teens, and the smell of my own cut grass at home didn't particularly thrill me any of those times.  It seems it has to be the scent of somebody else's cut grass that puts a smile on my face.  I wonder why that is?

Food too!  The smell of food cooking - boiling, baking, roasting, stewing, braising, broiling, grilling...  Wow!  How enticing it all smells when I'm riding by another family's fare, even if it's simpler than whatever I had on my own dish earlier. 

I did a lot of bicycle riding as a kid, and I don't remember smells being as wonderful as they are now when I scoot past their sources.  Maybe it's something that comes in middle age, along with a keen sense of appreciation for many things taken for granted during one's prime.


Marc said...

That's one thing (of the hundreds of things) that I remember from my MSF course. The instructor was saying how on a motorcycle you notice the smells of of your surroundings more so than in a car. Temperature changes from being high on a hill to going down into a valley too.

My wife has anosmia (loss of the sense of smell). It happened about 9 years ago, gradually over the course of a year or so.

She's reading "The Scent of Desire: Discovering Our Enigmatic Sense of Smell", which is a book about how important the sense of smell is and how it affects your daily life. If you want to learn more about your sniffer, you might check it out:

Paul said...

I think you're just getting old :D