Tuesday, February 10, 2015, Daily Post’s prompt:
“The Transporter: Tell us about a sensation—a taste, a smell, a piece of music—that transports you back to childhood.”
The sensation of taste is such a powerful sense of the body. Taste has the power to evoke tears due to the spiciness of a food. Taste has the power to paint a smile on a once somber face after taking a bite of cake. Taste has power. As I was sitting at a bench on campus working on assignment, taste had the power to transport my mind to my childhood. What was I eating?
An animal cracker.
In which a sensation has the power to transport one back to their childhood and an animal cracker did that for your author.
The memory didn’t occur after the first bite, the second bite, or even the tenth bite. I can’t tell you exactly when, but I can tell you eating animal crackers brought me back to my preschool days after school.
While it did not happen every day, my older cousin and I would go to my grandparents’ home after school. We would arrive home around 4:00 and were given boxes of animal crackers like the one above. From there, we would run to the back room, sit on the couch, and watch Toonami, a program on Cartoon Network that would run from 4-6 pm. Toonami featured mostly action anime shows, two of our favorites being Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z. My cousin and I would watch the shows intently, not really learning anything from them but immersed all the same. We ate our animal crackers while engaged in these shows, sometimes stealing the other’s crackers…which may have caused fights.
Either way we were content. Not a care in the world as we did our ritual of watching Toonami and eating animal crackers. Not a complex thought in mind, as my mind simply imagined what it would be like to be a princess of the moon saving the world or what I would wish for if I found the seven dragon balls.
Just as the taste of an animal cracker had the power to take me back in time, it also had the power to bring me back to the present.
Here I was, sitting on a bench in the middle of campus working on a thesis statement for a midterm while juggling all thoughts of my other assignments in my mind, wondering about my future, worrying about grades, eating animal crackers. About 17 years before, I was eating the same snack with nothing but childish thoughts in my mind. I can still recall both theme songs for Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z verbatim. I can remember it just like it was yesterday. It feels like it was yesterday.
As I look at the prompt from yesterday’s “Daily Post” I realize how amazing the five senses really are; how powerful the five senses really are.
To relate the “Daily Post” prompt to this blog’s focus (college life) I would like to point out just how fast time goes by. It seems like just yesterday I was letting my imagination run wild, dreaming of the future. Now, I’m working toward making my dreams the future; no longer imagining…actually doing.
Ladies (and those Gentlemen who follow this blog), take a time out and taste, feel, smell, see, or hear something that reminds you of your childhood; that takes you back to the days of wild imaginations and not a care in the world. Remember your dreams from then. Remember them, embrace them, return back to the present, and work for them.
Live in the present, but visit the past every now and then.
It’s a good feeling.
Next Post: “Confession: How You Know It’s Time to Break-Up with Your Significant Other”; Sunday, February 15th
I’m just an average college girl with many stories; many words; many confessions.
These are just some of the confessions of an average college girl to average college girls.
…And there are many more to come.
See you Sunday,