11.23.2009

My memory ...

I've always thought I had a good memory [of course that should be no surprise, after all, it's my brain telling me that - it always tries to make itself look good]. In high school and college I somehow would remember my teammates times and places at races when they wouldn't even remember, among many other strange things that my memory would store.

I had a moment today that reminded me of how amazing memories can be ... I bought a memory foam pillow [ironic that that's the name of the pillow considering my topic today, but that is beside the point]. I opened it up and it clearly had a scent. Not a good smell, not a bad smell. Just a smell. And immediately my mind started racing to place that smell - where had I smelled it before?

Less than 20 seconds later I placed it. My memory foam pillow smells like the cast I had to wear on my arm when I was four-years-old, after I had tragically fallen from hanging upside down in the doorway [a good blogger would insert a photo of said cast and arm and of said four-year-old Mindy ... but I don't have one. I doubt my parents really wanted a photo of that cast, after all, I just used it as a weapon against my siblings].

But, really.

How can a memory be that good? A scent I haven't smelled for over 20 years and it was correctly identified in less than half a minute.

Amazing.

Now, onto more important things ... My last post was evidently the most boring post I have ever blogged. One comment? One? Really, people? It is clear none of you care about how many layers of clothing I wear ... Which, quite frankly, is shocking.

So, here is the deal: leave a comment on the post below, pretending to be interested in that post and I will give you 20 gold stars. Leave a comment on this one, and I will give 10 more. And next time, pretend to be interested without being bribed, mm-k? :)

20 comments:

Allred Mom said...

Memories! Aren't they fun!
And....I'll go now and comment on the layering of clothes! Give us time to catch up, Mindy!

Oh, and I haven't been on IM because it is telling me I have to update and then it's trying to do other things...really bumming me!

Geoff & Cami Brown said...

and more points (:

Mike said...

Based on this post, the majority of my blog must be extremely boring...

Debbie said...

I'm pretty sure that I've heard that smells are the most common way to evoke a memory... the brain associates things and events with smells, I guess.

Cory & Rebeca said...

the power of the human brain, crazy stuff. :) I need to be more creative with my blog, I always love reading yours even though I don't always leave a comment ;P hehe.

The life of a college girl said...

I am thinking that you like comments, I feel your pain. No one comments on mine... oh well, its place for me to spit out my mind..... Love ya!

Avree said...

Mindy, sometimes you have to let posts sit for awhile before someone will comment. Mine usually sit for a few weeks until they get enough comments that I can move on.

I'm always amazed at how smells can bring back memories so fast!

Katie said...

I heard somewhere that smell brings about the strongest memories, obviously! I didn't know you broke your arm as a wee little one. :)

Nicole Anderson said...

It's ok Mindy... people never comment on my blog even when I post about controversial issues. But... I do think the foam memory pillow that smells like your cast reminds me of me... smells always make me remember things. :)

Allison and Josh said...

Oh Mindy, I think I have a memory similar to yours. I remember the most random things from my life-especially my childhood. Like how when I was 3years old, I had pneumonia WAY BAD and I still remember sitting in the waiting room at the doctor's office and Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory was playing on the tv and I can still remember what part it was. It was when the chubby boy falls in the chocolate river!

Jake & April said...

I read it. I normally don't comment though.

DeeAura said...

Hahha. Oh, Mindy. :) I actually did have something to say about memory and smell...but now...hahahah...all I want to say is:

Hysterical. Amazing. :)

Brandon Thornley said...

Hahha.

Our Little Fam said...

But I am posting here, purely for the extra gold stars.

Krystal said...

I was in Cali this weekend for my birthday, then had parent teacher conferences for the past two nights, and I'm sick... so I'm currently 160 blog-entries behind on my google reader... (down from 200 at the beginning of the night). I'm trying to catch up as quickly as I can, so forgive my delayed reaction to your posts!!

Kat said...

Mindy!! Of course I remember you! And thanks for the link to AA. You're such a good friend to tell me the truth! Everyone else has been so enabling. Now the first step is admitting... right? :) Good to hear from you, girl!!!

Lissbeth said...

oh mindy. you are so funny.

Marc and Megan said...

Mindy, thanks for always checking in and for the comments you've left recently. You are very thoughtful and I appreciate it so much. We've spent the last few months in shock by the surprises that have come... and I hope so much for some happy surprises to come your way, too.

Meg said...

It is strange the things memory can bring up. I am amazed with you.

Kristin said...

Seriously, I love your blog. I laugh at every dang post. PS: I'm fascinated in this post. And not just for the gold stars. Though that is a bonus.

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