Here Are Some Smells That I Miss

Drew Magary for Defector:

Occasionally, I can still catch a whiff of something. I had to mix up some dipping sauce for frozen dumplings a week or two ago, and that I could smell clearly when I sniffed it up close. I can also smell snuffed out candle flames, liquid smoke, and a paucity of other scents that only share a robustness in common. I don’t cry when these scents make a cameo, and I don’t ruminate over what I’ve lost. I just smile, take a second whiff, and then get back to my life.

My sense of smell is pretty weak. Every now and then, I’ll read about people who’ve either lost their sense of smell or never had it, and their experience resonates.


September 25, 2022