National Sense of Smell Day


Mmmmmm… Most of us have memories of certain aromas that make us smile, flash us back in time, trigger thoughts of a special person, or even stir our hunger. On the last Saturday of April each year, we recognize one of our special 5 senses.



This is a day to stop and smell the roses, as they say. Or breathe deeply to take in the essence of special spices.



Or recall coffee beans grinding at the front of the A&P. Sometimes, it may be easy to overlook or take our sense of smell for granted… until we catch a head cold!


Think for just a moment about smells that may be special to you. One of my favorites is that moment when my nose tells me that the lilacs have blossomed. I also love the clean, sweetness in the air after a spring rainfall.  Or the waft of a nearby campfire… or even freshly cut grass.

Of course, most of my super scents relate to food. (Oh, such a big surprise!) Very little tops the way the whole house smells when I am cooking bacon. But a hot loaf of bread coming out of the oven comes close. Or a pot of sensational soup on the stove or some other aromatic dish.





I am most grateful that I am blessed with many senses, but today I say a special “thank you” for the sense of smell.

About Cathy Burnham Martin

Author of 20+ books, and counting! A professional voice-over artist, dedicated foodie, and lifelong corporate communications geek, Cathy Burnham Martin has enjoyed a highly eclectic career, ranging from the arts and journalism to finance, telecommunications, and publishing. Along with her husband, Ron Martin, she has passions for entertaining, gardening, volunteering, active and visual arts, GREAT food, and traveling. Cathy often says, "I believe that we all should live with as much contagious enthusiasm as possible... Whether we're with friends or family, taking people along for the ride is more than half the fun."
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