Coat Closet – Mom’s house

The dense but faded smell of her 50-year-old cashmere coat combines with dust and must from dried-out umbrellas and various 70’s era Pop Warner football windbreakers. The chemical cool emissions of the box full of super-8 films, an unmistakable manufactured sheen-smell of the projection screen, and the muted metallic scent of the projector soon take over. I always take a whiff whenever I’m home, and when I open the door I am transported to another room where the sounds of the film’s clunktunck-shshsh-tk-tk-tk-tk loading are followed by watery images of children who now have families of their own.

About Samantha

Samantha Soma is an erstwhile aromatherapist, collects vintage and modern perfumes, and is in love with the sense of smell. She lives in the Northwest, which means that books, coffee, wine, beer, and humidity play large roles in her personal experience.
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