Discovering the Relevance of Words
Fact: The smell of cooking broccoli or cauliflower is often enough to send me into a rage. I think there might be something wrong with me.
Well, obviously. But I mean something above and beyond the strange urge that drives me to put thoughts best kept tucked away inside my head on a page for everyone to judge. I think I’m more affected by odors than the average person. For me, smells don’t just conjure up memories or let me know when I’ve burned all the hair off the back of my arm while barbecuing. They bring up immediate emotional responses. A pleasant scent on the air will actually improve my mood.
Though, to be honest, that one doesn’t happen nearly as often as an unpleasant scent coming along and settling in around me, saturating my clothes and whispering odoriferously in my ear that my day is ruined. Of course, the negative skew to the numbers could just be the result of my own ‘glass-half-empty’ mentality. I haven’t accounted for all the variables yet. But it still makes me wonder if I might be a mutant of some kind.
Supertasters are a real thing. Scientists say that as many as 25% of the population have more taste buds and experience flavor in an extreme way that actually leads most of them to avoid overly spicy or sweet foods. Since taste and smell are so interconnected, perhaps supersmellers are a real thing too? And if supersmellers are a real thing, and you take a person without the mental maturity to deal with emotions as they arise and give this ability to them, maybe you get me?
I’m not sure. All I know is this: If you really want to ruin a meal for me, cook up some tree-like veggies in a closed kitchen until the whole house smells like a garbage barge and then get all upset when I don’t want to eat.
Like Lynyrd Skynyrd before me, I can smell that smell. And it makes me mad.
What smell do you hate?