I was walking down the hall here at work and caught a whiff of something familiar.
I'm not sure if it was someone's fragrance or hairspray or roomspray or what, but it smelled exactly like Apple Dumplin'.
Now let me clarify. Not Apple Dumpling, the dish.
Apple Dumplin', one of the characters from Strawberry Shortcake.
Strawberry Shortcake the cartoon character.
When I was a kid and got my bedroom revamped, I upgraded my decor from Holly Hobbie to Strawberry Shortcake. And that automatically must've meant I loved Strawberry Shortcake (And by the way I didn't. The red sheets were on sale, and my mom was hell-bent on building a theme around it.)
So for my birthday, I got all these Strawberry Shortcake-related accessories. Socks. Wall hangings. Sticker books. And an Apple Dumplin' action figure. Random.
The schtick with the action figures was that their hair smelled like their accompanying scent, and Apple Dumplin' smelled of apple. That is if "apple scent" implies a synthetic fruit-ish aroma, that smells somewhere between newly manufactured plastic and aerosol preservatives.
So that's what I smelled today. My childhood.
The one smell that sends me back faster than old books or a fresh box of crayons.
What did your childhood smell like that?
Just curious, I know everyone's got a different trigger for their personal Wayback Machine.