Yesterday I stopped at the mall to see if I could score a new pair shoes. There is a certain brand that I wear which I love because they keep my feet from aching and help me avoid walking like a 80-year-old at the end of the day, seeing I am on my feet a lot throughout the day. I scored not just one pair but two. So I was pretty happy.
So as I was walking through the mall, I decided to stop at Bath and Body Works, seeing I needed to stock up also on my favorite body mist. And that was a mistake. See I tend to spray about 10 different scents on me, and by the time I leave the store I clear about a mile radius of people around me because I am so fragrant. I know they have these little scent sticks, but that doesn’t cut it for me. I have to spray the perfume on me to see how it interacts with my skin. When I got into my car I actually had to roll down the window so I wouldn’t pass out from the intoxicating smell that surrounded me.
And as I’m doing this I had to laugh because I thought about a memory about my mom and me. On her first visit with us, she flew into Chicago and I had to pick her up and drop her off there. And on her departure day we had some time to kill before she had to board her flight back. So she took advantage of the Duty free store. And a Duty free store has a lot of perfumes, and here we were spraying like it was going out of style. I believe if we had such scrutiny getting through airport security as we do today, she would have been arrested and never allowed on the flight because of excessive odors.
It was so bad, that I had to stop at a rest area and wash my hands, neck and arms to eliminate most of the scents because to be frank I just plain stunk. And there was no way I could have survived a 3 hour trip back. My mom told me after she arrived home and checked in with me, that she had to do the same once she got on the airplane, because she was afraid that people were going to complain so much about her, they probably would have turned the plane around and made her get off, because and this is how she described it ” I smelled like a french bordello”. And the funny thing is, that I have passed on this misuse of fragrance to my daughter and we have left several stores together smelling like pepe le pew. What a memory to have.