It is truly amazing to consider the role that scents play in our ability to recall the past. One whiff of a certain smell can transport us right back to our childhood as if it were yesterday. And when posters on Retroland were asked to name their favorite smells from their school days, they weren’t shy about voicing their opinions. Here are the five school scents that were most often mentioned.
5) Crayons – Whether it was the wax, or the paper the crayons were wrapped in, or a combination of the two, we’re not really sure – all we know is that a freshly opened crayon box smells divine.
4) Cafeterias – Love it or hate it, there is no denying that a school lunch room has a unique smell that lingers in the memory long after graduation. That strange mix of school-bought lunch trays and homemade tuna sandwiches combined to create something quite memorable, if not always lovable.
3) Glue/Paste – Whether it was simple paste, Elmers Glue, or everyone’s favorite booger-producing rubber cement, if two things needed to be affixed, it was almost a sure bet that some wonderful smells would accompany the process.
2) Ditto Paper – Kids today haven’t learned to love the smell of freshly mimeographed ditto paper in the morning, and it is their loss. This was a close contender for the number one spot. All hail the scent of printing chemicals!
1) Magic Markers – All those vivid colors, all those fruity flavors – we whiffed with reckless abandon and knocked many a magic marker out of commission prematurely as they tended to dry out quickly, leaving us with unfinished artwork, and a child-sized monkey on our back.
Did your favorite school scent fail to make our list? Tell us what we missed in our comments section.