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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Fragrance (10/24/05)

TITLE: Smelly
By Paul Potenza



Why is it that certain smells evoke certain attitudes in one sex, yet completely DIFFERENT attitudes in another sex?

As a matter of fact, why can one sex smell something just by walking in the door, that a different sex (who has been sitting in said smell for the past 8 hours) is blissfully ignorant of?

The male nose is NOT incapable of detecting warm, pleasant aromas. As evidence of this, I point to Exhibit A, which is that most of us guys (Thaaatt’s right, I’m a guy) can describe in great detail, the warm, cakey, meaty smell of our mothers’ kitchens. And it’s not just us OLDER guys either. Exhibit B is a young teenage son describing his first kiss to his father and telling me (in private of course) (No mothers allowed) about how “her hair smelled like flowers”. (Please don’t tell ANYONE I told you that. A remark like that could go on an adolescent male’s permanent record!)

The point to this is that women and men have different tolerances for smells.

I go back to the second paragraph of this story and I distinctly recall a day when I was off work and got to sit around in my sweats all day while my wife was out earning a living. She arrived home eight hours later and I was sprawled in my barcalounger eating potato chips and watching some idiot televised golf match. She walked in the door with a look on her face that appeared to border on some intestinal disorder and exclaimed “WHAT’S that SMELL!?!?”

I knew that it wasn’t ME because I had just taken a shower the previous Saturday. The smell she was referring to came from the BACK room of our domicile. (By the way, the door to the back room was CLOSED.) It seems that early in the day, our 17 year old semi incontinent dog had a little accident back there in the form of “”pee-pee” which she (the dog) had failed to mention to me.


I walked away from this article and came back realizing that it’s missing something. I like humor, but “truth be told” there is something to be said for appreciation.

All things being equal, you have to admit that the sense of smell is a pretty neat gift from Our Father. The olfactory sense is a gift that we often take for granted. It takes us to places that we’ve been and alerts us to where we are.

Submitted for your thoughts...

A New York Bus Stop on a bitterly cold day...Dunkin’ Doughnuts on that SAME day..The smell of “Coppertone” at the Beach....Burning leaves in October...A Pipe that reminds you of Grandpa... The smell of a baby who’s just had a bath...The smell of a baby who NEEDS a bath...A suburban sidewalk after a summer rain shower...

Go ahead, think of more. And while you’re thinking, don’t forget to enjoy the smell of where you are RIGHT NOW. It is a gift from God you know.

Smell ya later!

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Debbie Sickler10/31/05
I enjoyed your light hearted, fresh style. This is sooo typical (especially the dirty diapers lol) I loved the line: "She walked in the door with a look on her face that appeared to border on some intestinal disorder..."
dub W10/31/05
Neat ditty, totally free of the "box", open and airy - nice job.
Nina Phillips10/31/05
Yes, that was funny. Lighthearted. Seemed just a wee bit jumpy here to there, but that may be only me. Nice story. God bless ya, littlelight
Phyllis Inniss11/01/05
I enjoyed this little humorous venture into the Challenge. It's nice to look on the lighter side of things.
Janice Stotz11/01/05
Very interesting...it made me laugh out loud. A little random, but I had no problem keeping up. Keep writing!
Debbie OConnor11/01/05
Good fun! Great title. I really enjoyed the light touch.
Laurie Glass 11/01/05
This is so funny. You have a flair for writing humor. Very enjoyable, lighthearted read.
Jan Ackerson 11/02/05
Great job, loved your "voice."
Marilyn Schnepp 01/15/06
Another GREAT piece, and again I saw a little bit of our Mentor creep into the story. I love your writing, and this one is terrif!! You need to move up in categories...but please skip over Intermediate and on to Advanced so I won't have to compete with you...smile! Great writing, my friend!
Edy T Johnson 09/29/06
My suggestion: You should pack up a stack of these articles and find a newspaper that needs your column. You would be a hit, I have no doubt.
Marilee Alvey01/21/07
Loved it! You have a real talent and you've certainly found your "voice." You're gifted, all right! Smell ya later!