We humans are like little memory machines, and the events of our lives are infused with powerful sensory details. We file this data away, but many times our memories will be triggered by a scent.
Which is why I love to go to the Macy’s perfume counter at the mall. I have a routine, you see. I stroll up to the counter, pick up a bottle of Youth Dew by Estee Lauder and breathe deeply. And then a miracle happens…
I remember my grandmother—Flossie Metzler.
As far as I know, that was the only perfume my grandmother ever used, so when I smell that wonderful scent I can go back into the past for just a few moments. I can recall the pleasant way Grandma used to chat with me. The way she never grew tired of playing round after round of board games with me. The way she always made up an Easter basket for me with lots of my favorite goodies. How she made the best homemade cherry cobbler I’ve ever eaten. How she made my birthday feel as if it were the most important day in the world. How she could make a summer evening on the outdoor glider—with a sprinkling of fireflies—into a magical moment. But most importantly, I can remember the way my grandmother cherished me and the way I truly loved her.
So, I really can get all of those beautiful remembrances out of a bottle of perfume?
Best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has forty books published. She’s been a Barnes & Noble “Author of the Month” for Houston and has a BA in the combined fields of speech communication, psychology, and art. Anita loves good movies, exotic teas, and brunch with her friends.
Please check out Anita’s latest novel on Amazon, A Question of Destiny. And drop by her website at www.anitahigman.com.
A Question of Destiny
Lucy O’Brien is about to be given ten millions dollars.
Multi-millionaire, Ian Chalmers, has decided to give a portion of his wealth to Lucy because of her courageous and self-sacrificing lifestyle. With these sudden riches, Lucy is given a chance to rise above her meagre income and enter a whirling and glittering world of comfort and privilege. Since Ian is concerned that Lucy may struggle with this unexpected change in fortune, he hires his assistant—the solitary and stony Andrew Whitfield—to watch over Lucy as she adapts to her new way of life.
Will this windfall be Lucy’s undoing, or can she rise above the temptations within Houston’s high society and choose to be a nobler version of herself? And will Andrew Whitfield cause her to close the door on her dreams, or is he the key that opens the rest of Lucy’s destiny?