sensory details

Today I walked into Doe Library, and all of a sudden some smell in the air made me feel like I was back at CTY. (CTY, if you don’t know, stands for Center for Talented Youth and it’s the name of a three-week residential summer program I did in the summer before entering eighth grade. Huge impact on my life, wonderful memories.) I have no idea what created that particular scent, probably a combination of things. But for a moment I was in middle school again and back at one of the happiest times of my life so far. Really quite amazing. And as soon as I walked into a different area of the library, the smell was gone, and I’d completely lost that feeling. I couldn’t even have described the smell to you. Memory is an awesome thing.

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