Some years ago, my parents made a special party for my friends and their parents. It was my fifth birthday and I can still remember the type of fun I had. I was so excited! I received two special gifts from my parents that I absolutely adored; a new wristwatch with a Roy Rogers picture on it and a big bottle of cologne that smelled just like the one my dad used to wear.
After the kids went home, the adults stayed to have their own party and I was able to stay up late for the first time I could remember. But the rule was, “I could be seen but not heard.” I was bubbling with excitement about my new gifts and kept asking my mother if I could say something, I wanted everyone to smell my new cologne and hear my watch tick.
She said, “NO!” while repeating the rule, “Kids are to be seen and not heard.” I wanted to tell everyone about my new presents, but my mother kept scolding that if I wanted to stay up until 10:00 O’ Clock that I wasn’t to make a peep. She said, “It’s now the adults’ time.”
Well, I kept bugging her until she agreed that I could say something about my gifts and then I had to go right to bed.
I announced to everyone in my loudest voice. “If you hear anything or smell something, that’s ME!” “Smell is a potent wizard that transports us across thousands of miles and all the years we have lived.” – Helen Keller