Hey There Little Red Riding Hood

Tucked away somewhere in my suppressed conscious are the details of my acting debut.

In kindergarten, our class was due to give a “play” for parent’s night, and despite what I’m sure was an excellent attempt at snagging that scarlet cloak, I lost it to the girl who actually owned one. (The budget was tight and my past Halloween picks didn’t serve me well here.) Still, my acting merits won me a role in the 20-minute kiddie indie.

It wasn’t the fact that I was playing a bed-ridden, infirm old woman who is eaten by a wolf that bothered me. No. It was the fact that I had to wear my pajamas in front of the whole class that made my stomach tie up in knots. On principle, I refused to go barefoot to leave some dignity intact. I wore a full length night dress and bonnet, and much to my horror, was forced to hug the smelliest boy in the class who played the role of the woodsman due to his enormous size, I’m sure.

birthday cake candles & bank paper

As we chatted, we began listing our favorite scents. It’s funny, but if you ask someone to name their all-time favorite smells they’re usually not found inside a Bath & Body or wafting from your favorite kitchen. They’re subtle yet familiar, and somehow have the power to take your thoughts from chaotic bustle to sleepy hamlet with just one sniff. It’s what Glade will always strive for and never manage to tap.

Other favorite scents:

Freshly mowed grass
Pert Plus shampoo
His sweatshirt
Laundromat
Flour
Lake water
Baseball diamond dirt
Noxzema
The air, about two blocks downwind of the Sunbeam Bread Factory
Chlorine
Popcorn popped outdoors
Campfire