"Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains; another, a moonlit beach; a third, a family dinner of pot roast and sweet potatoes during a myrtle-mad August in a Midwestern town. Smells detonate softly in our memory like poignant land mines hidden under the weedy mass of years. Hit a tripwire of smell and memories explode all at once. A complex vision leaps out of the undergrowth." -- Diane Ackerman, "A Natural History of the Senses"
Here's to a year of simple celebrations, sweet memories and the smell of freshly-baked cupcakes wafting through the house. To treasuring little moments, rejoicing in victories, and saying I'm sorry. To living fully, loving deeply and laughing often. To thanking God for family, friends and those we hold dear. And to making the every day special.
And to doing it all again next year.
(Check out Cindy at My Romantic Home for more 2008 Year in Review Photos!)