Perfect Moment Monday: What I Smell Like

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Here’s a perfect moment from my week. I hope you’ll share yours, too.


First of all, thanks to everyone who left a comment or sent warm thoughts to me two weeks ago, and to those who left a blogoversary gift last week. The unstated situations have improved, and I enjoyed savoring your presents. I so love and appreciate you all.

Now, this week’s perfect moment.

Tessa has been going through a rough spell. Three days in a row she called from school in tears. The problem? “I just miss you, Mommy!” said amid chokes and fits.

At bedtime one night, I tried to get to the root of the issue. Was someone at school teasing her? Did she not feel well physically? Is she jittery about the end of the school year? Did Mother’s Day trigger something? Nothing has changed in our routine, so why was she suddenly feeling lonely for me?

I did not get an answer.

What she DID say, though, was this: “Mommy, I go into my classroom and it just doesn’t smell like you.”

Tessa has always been very attuned to scent.

I naturally asked, “What do I smell like, Sweetheart?”

And then I feared for the answer. Garlic? Coffee? Stale cheese? Wine? The gym? Methane?

Yikes. Did I really want to know?

Her sleepy voice replied, “Mama, you smell like purple chocolate.”

Which is utterly, thoroughly perfect.


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21 thoughts on “Perfect Moment Monday: What I Smell Like”

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  2. Oh Lori that is so exquisite. It brought tears to my eyes, and goosebumps to my (hairy) arms.

    You really are a beautiful soul. XOX

  3. Purple chocolate…hmmm.  I can’t imagine a better smell!  Can you give her a scarf or something else tangible to remind her that you’re always with her?

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  5. I love the thought of “purple chocolate.” She took two things that you love and combined them together into a smell. Perfect!

    My middle kid is very sensitve to scents as well. He used to say to me, “I smell good, don’t I Mom.” and I would say, “You have a great nose, but your smell???” and I’d wrinkle my nose and smile at him.

    Thanks for sharing your Perfect Moment!

  6. wow, my heart just exploded with love and sweetness.
    that just made me smile so much my cheeks hurt…what a beautiful way , in beautiful words to say “I LOVE YOU MOM”


  7. See, I knew there was a reason I adore you.  You smell like two of my favorite things – purple and chocolate.

  8. purple chocolate… I don’t think a better 2 words exist to describe you. That Tessa, she’s one smart girl!

  9. I can’t think of anything I’d rather smell like than purple chocolate.  What a compliment.  🙂

    (I am loving the new bloggy look, btw!!  I am slowly catching up as the newborn haze lifts…)

  10. Purple chocolate?!  Two of my favorite things!  I hope that someday my daughter will have such a beautiful sense of me.

  11. You find a way to bottle that and I guarantee you’ll be a gazillionaire.

    But I think you already are.

  12. I just got tears in my eyes at how cute kids can be.  I can’t wait for my little girl to start to talk so I can have these perfect moments myself.  Happy ICLW!

  13. purple chocolate… I don’t think a better 2 words exist to describe you. That Tessa, she’s one smart girl!

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