Smell Ya Later!

Life

Well y’all, after 2.5 years of avoiding it, Covid finally hit our household and let me tell you, it’s been the least fun we’ve had in a while.

0 out of 5 stars, would not recommend.

About 5 days into this whole adventure, it suddenly came to our attention that we had lost all sense of smell and taste. While we both know this is a common symptom of the virus and therefore a likely outcome, our mutual obsession with food and drink left us both silently begging the gods to retain our senses…but to no avail.

Now mind you, our home is full of essential oils and various other aromatic ingredients, fragrances and lotions. So the next 48 hours were spent panic sniffing everything we could get our hands on. Garlic almonds, peppermint and lavender essential oils, peanut butter jars, and a bottle of truffle infused honey…nothing.

This was a learning moment for me and Jade. A re-familiarization with the concept of not fully appreciating the value of something until you don’t have access to it. As we slowly came to grips with a life devoid of flavor, a life absent of aroma…we found ourselves realizing how much of our lives are tied to the smells and tastes we experience. Not just the food we eat, or the cocktails we drink, but the culture that surrounds us.

We’re lucky to live in a neighborhood that encompasses a lot of diversity and it’s amazing how much of that diversity is something we mostly experience by way of smell and taste. For example, walking out the front door and noticing our neighbors enjoying a front porch lunch and not being able to smell that unique blend of tortillas, chili peppers, and cinnamon. Or walking out the back door onto our little deck and hearing another neighbor pass a joint to a friend but not smelling the pungent, skunk-like aroma floating over the fence. What is life?! At least we could still hear Marley’s gentle rhythms playing over the small speaker between them. 

The point is this. Covid sucks and if you get it, there’s a good chance nothing will make ‘scents’ anymore………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………Did I really just write an entire blog post just to tee up a terrible dad joke at the end? Yes, yes I did.

You’re welcome.

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