Some people envy me; but I feel like I am cursed. You see, I have an acute sense of smell. I have been compared to a blood hound and a beagle. Trust me. It’s not as much fun as you might think.
Oh sure, it’s wonderful when you’re walking on a secluded beach in the early morning, and the waves bring to the air a fine-misted freshness. And it’s great when you want to inhale the aroma of your favorite flower. Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing better – unless it’s food.
We all know that the senses of smell and taste are diabolically tied together somewhere in the Frito Cortex, that part of the brain that controls the urge to pig out. And yes, it is true that for those of us who are overly-olfactoried, we can detect all sorts of delicate spices and nuances of flavor. But how often do we get to use them?
Just as smelling baking cookies is a heavenly delight, so is smelling burnt ones a nightmare. And while enjoying a gourmet meal is exquisite, enjoying something poorly-prepared is a death sentence. Just like anything in life, the “blessings” of this supernatural sense of smell are both good and bad.
Face it, there are lots of things out there that smell bad enough already without having the ability to draw in its scent like a spinning screwdriver to the frontal lobe. Have you ever walked past a city delicatessen dumpster in August? Or how about when the city maintenance workers are on strike? Am I making my point?
And everyone loves Fido (from the Latin “to trust” ergo: faithful), but have you ever gotten a good whiff of him after getting caught in the rain?
Why do you think dogs are so nice to people? It’s because they already know how bad they smell. That’s why they are so grateful that we let them in the house and give them food (and all the other great things we have to do when we walk them.)
So (getting to the point here) my question for today is: Do you think there are more GOOD or BAD smells in the world? I REALLY want to know what you think.
I am undecided at this point. I guess it depends on what we have for supper – and since that might be fish, that could sway my vote.