Smell You Later
Humans have very strong scent memory. Tell us about a smell that transports you.
Wet gabardine: misery, aloneness, abandonment, panic.
It’s breakfast time on my first full day at boarding school. It’s raining, and the pegs in the covered courtyard outside the dining room are full of wet, navy blue gabardine rain capes. In a moment, I will walk through the double doors into the vast, barn-like dining hall that smells of steam and cold dust, take my allotted seat at one of the tables for twelve and eat my allotted portion of whatever is offered, whether I want it or not. And from now on, I will do this every day of every term for the next five years. I am 12. The prospect is unbearable.