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  A Sense of Childhood
by Mr. Ed
Sunday, April 10, 2005
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“Nothing is more memorable than a smell.

Hit a tripwire of smell, and memories explode all at once.”


Diane Ackerman



Springtime had now finally arrived in the Midwest

My heart and soul were now filled with great cheer

As I rummaged around for spring cleaning supplies

I found an old box of detergent I hadn’t seen in years


I grabbed a pail a scouring brush and this detergent

And went out back to clean my patio barbeque grill

As I absentmindedly poured water and soap into the bucket

A sudden sense of smell suddenly gave me quite a thrill


I was somehow magically transported back 50 plus years

To a tiny green backyard in the big city of my childhood

And I was now splashing about in our tiny metal kiddy pool

As I recalled how that long ago afternoon had felt so good


That’s when it slowly and eventually occurred to me

That my grandmother had always used this soap brand

And unbelievably there she was now lovingly beaming down at me

As I giggled and played on that long ago day that had been grand


Soon grandma began handing me a gigantic lilac scented towel

Tantalizing homemade sugar cookies and a glass of frosty lemonade

And right this very minute my faithful old yellow dog Tiger and I

Were romping joyfully under that old pine scented tree in the shade


Suddenly I could even smell old Tiger’s long damp fur

And the fresh flower buds that grandma was carefully tending

What a remarkable gift this old detergent had just given me

What an incredible array of sights and smells it was sending


As I delightfully watched and smelled this entire childhood scene

Which was now running like an old home movie in my mind’s eye

I found myself recalling all sorts of wonderful childhood memories

And soon several small tears of joyous remembrances did I cry


I once again picked up this old box of cleaning detergent

And proudly placed it on my home’s nostalgic memento shelf

Knowing now that whenever I want to fondly think of those days

I can simply sniff this old soap – which is truly a part of ‘my self’


I never realized this extremely old detergent was in my home

And it seems that I often receive incredible gifts from my past

I always wonder if my grandmother is still sending them to me

And I truly hope deep in my heart and soul that they’ll last




©2005, Ed Kostro






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Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/11/2005

Smells can invoke strong memories--you are quite the story teller, bringing them vividly to life


(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM, pierogies. kapusta. *licking lips* MMMMMMMMMMMMM
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 4/11/2005
beautiful memories, ed; you are the storyteller par excellence here! bravo!!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :D

did she make you kapushta or pierogies?? if so, you are so blessed! i love those things; soul food! :P (darn! made myself hungry! LOL)
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 4/11/2005
Memories will always last as long as we treasure them as you have in this write :-)
Reviewed by Paul Williams 4/11/2005
This is beautiful Ed, there is much about memories that should be treasured what a way to do it excellent!

Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 4/11/2005

So beautifully said through painted imagery and verse - loved this exceptional write!!

Best to you,

Reviewed by Mary Quire 4/11/2005
It's amazing how memories come back to life. This is such a wonderful poem. Thank you for sharing your memories.

Reviewed by Sandie Angel 4/11/2005
Hi Ed:

We often do things and then be reminded of our childhood when the wonderful memories arise. I'm so glad you are sharing them with us.

Thank you so much!

Sandie Angel a.k.a. Sandie May Angel :o)
Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight*® 4/11/2005
A beautifully sentimental poem ... a true joy to read!

Love & Light,
Reviewed by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations 4/11/2005
Scents surely have this way of making all other senses explode in a supernova of memories... and we are suddenly reminded that time doesn't exist, as it is really a continuum, rekindling in us that sense that we define as immortality. This is lovely, dear Ed.
Reviewed by Tracey L. O' Very (Reader) 4/11/2005
Scents really do bring memories and I can feel your happiness in this Neat times you had and yes I believe that wholeheartedly when you smell or feel think they are there saying HI I Love You.I'm still here.
Thanks Ed
Reviewed by Handsum Hart 4/10/2005
the scent of springtime is in the air and I like it
a fine write

Reviewed by jude forese 4/10/2005
excellent rhyme, imagery and voice ...
Reviewed by Anna Marie Fritz (Reader) 4/10/2005
This was a wonderful trip down memory lane, Eddie, and a reminder of just one of the many blessings from God that we take for granted...the marvelous ability to smell things...and the memories
that this can trigger.
A wise observation, E.K.
Reviewed by Reginald Birch (Reader) 4/10/2005
Thanks for your memories Ed, spring is such a wonderful time of the year.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 4/10/2005
Wonderful write Ed!!

Thanks for sharing my friend!!

love Tinky
Reviewed by E T Waldron 4/10/2005
Yes she is Ed!;-) Another wonderful poem! Scents make a lot of sense, they truly stir our memories and allow us to actually "feel things"
I do believe. Beautiful remembrance, may you have many more like this!

Reviewed by Nordette Adams 4/10/2005
Yes, smells and music also do it for me, Ed. Your poem touched me. I'm among the the tearied-eyed on this one. ~~Nordette
Reviewed by L. Figgins 4/10/2005
Just wonderful, thank you for this Ed! Oh the smells of my grandmother's houses! Hams and sausages curing in the basement and garlic, wine and homemade bread at Rose's. Violets, tea and old books at Maude's. At difficult times in my life, I would smell their cologne as if they were comforting me...
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 4/10/2005
I know this feeling, in fact you brought some tears to my eyes as well with this wonderful familial tale...I remember a smell of some kind of soap in my old school building in Sea Isle, the building long since torn down to make way for a new school, but that particular smell always evokes memories of that time in my life...Ed
Reviewed by Dave Harm 4/10/2005
Excellent story... memories can come up at the most unique times, we just need to recognize them...
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 4/10/2005
Wonderful story, Ed. My mother's kitchen smelled of cakes, pies, and bread baking. Cinnimon and vanilla are still my most favorite perfumes. Thanks for the memory.

Reviewed by Dale Clark 4/10/2005
This is so good. Memories can be unleashed
by a many things but smell is one you don't
generally think of. So true though. Excellent!
Reviewed by William Bonilla 4/10/2005
Ed ....You really know how to make a bull bear cry
I know exactly what you mean, with certain scents,
that unleash open a time portal
I too have experienced this magnificent event
Thank You for this extraordinary masterpiece of poetry you have presented today

William .....Peace
Reviewed by Sara Coslett 4/10/2005
You have so many wonderful childhood memories Ed. I love reading about your life. ~ Sara
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 4/10/2005
Oh Ed, this was so lovely, such sweet memories brought to life by your very talented pen, this was just beautiful,

Reviewed by Katy Walsvik 4/10/2005
Ah, LE... reading this has brought me the most peaceful, sweet moments in a while. May I suggest that you save the soap for that very first cleaning of spring for as long as it lasts... especially since it provokes such wonder and such lovely poetry from you.

When you get near the end, put the rest in a jar and sniff it when you need a "grandma moment"... you are such a heart-warmer, me dear. (smile) katy xox
Reviewed by Antoinette Kopperfield 4/10/2005
Keep writing like this...It is an great expression and I found something different in your poetry today. I found this to be a soulfelt piece that helps you to touch base with your inner feelings. Great Write!
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 4/10/2005
thought provoking read
Reviewed by George Carroll 4/10/2005
A great look at a gift, heavenly sent, that brought wondrous memories of the past, from a saint who is still smiling on you. An inspirational write that warms the hearts of all who have lost a loved one and can relate to this wonderful write.

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