Creative Writing: Scents of Place

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The question popped into my head as I watched, unable to do anything about it, as the teenager backed into my car in the Wal-Mart parking lot. Clearly an inexperienced driver, she had put her car in reverse without checking her mirror and smashed into the passenger side of my vehicle as I drove slowly in the aisle. To her credit, she jumped out of her car immediately and asked if I was alright. I was; we had both been driving at such low speed that there was not much risk of personal injury. Still, there was a sickening crunch when her car hit mine and one look at the right side of my Jeep told me I would be driving a rental for a few days while my vehicle was in the body shop. After exchanging information and listening to a tearful father-daughter phone conversation, I made my own phone calls and drove to the next town to a body shop recommended by my insurance company. The car, fortunately, was drivable, but I had to get an estimate and make an appointment for repair. Twenty minutes later, I walked into the body shop. The smell of repair compound and paint immediately took me back to some of the happiest memories of my childhood. Not many people can make that claim! Scent, for me, is a powerful trigger for memory and emotion. Taking in the smells of the body shop, I was immediately six years old again, sitting in the big desk chair in the office of my…

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