Memory triggers include anything from childhood toys, favorite tunes, or scents that punch the start button on videos of our past that cycle over and over in our heads. Each spring when lilacs bloom, I get a full two weeks of scented prompts that start those mind movies rolling.
Lilacs figure into my earliest recollections. I haven’t checked with my mother, but I suspect their scent wafted into my very first home to imprint on my infant brain. Every time I smell those lavender blooms, I think of sunshine and gentle breezes combined with motherly and grandmotherly love.