I love peonies.
Can I share a peony story with you today? I think you'll enjoy it.
When I was a kid, my parents had a very long driveway. Along this driveway, were peonies...red, white & pink. There must have been 15 bushes all in a row.
Not once do I recall, in all my childhood, seeing a vase of peonies in our house. My mom HATED the ants that swarmed the blooms and wanted no part of them.
One day, my dad & brother decided to get rid of all the peonies along the driveway. (To this day, neither my mom, nor my siblings seem to recall why they did this.) Tragic? Yes, but what did I know? I was young and never gave the flowers a thought.
Forward ahead 20+ years, while visiting my in-laws. I entered their home and immediately my nose caught the whiff of something very pleasant. It was a scent that I recognized, yet I had no idea what it was or why I recognized it.
I quickly asked my mother-in-law what it was I was smelling. She told me it was her peonies. She had them in a vase on the kitchen island.
I ran over to them and took in their heavenly scent. I froze on the spot.
Oh my goodness! I couldn't believe it!
Wasn't that the scent that I remember permeating the outside air while I played outside as a kid?
Wasn't that the scent I smelled while riding my bike, playing hopscotch, and jumping rope?
Wasn't that the scent I remembered while playing hide n' seek & roller skating too?
It was the scent of my childhood, yet until that moment, I didn't realize it.
It astounded me that a scent could bring me back 20+ years and give me such happy thoughts.
So after all these years, I finally have my own peonies in our yard.
I may not have 15 bushes of them, but cut & placed in a pitcher on the table, I can have the same beautiful scent that takes me back to my childhood in an instant.
So tell me, can you relate? Do you have a scent that takes you back to another time & place?