One sip of a Starbucks bottled Frappacino & I'm a freshman in college again. The scent of Bath & Body Works Country Apple Body Splash & I'm a high school sophomore. The opening cords of any song from Counting Crows August and Everything After & I'm a high school freshman again.
Truth be told, I've spent a lot of time deliberately seeking out these sensory experiences lately. I don't think it's escapism, exactly. It's nostalgia. I miss the 90s. I remember the boxy clothes. I remember the scrunchies. I remember how many of the boys in high school kept their wallets on a chain. Still, I want to go back in my mind to that time in a very visceral way.
I recently read this amazing article
It articulated much better than I can what might be pulling me back there. I remember when we didn't have the Internet. I remember when I had the Internet, but it took so long to log in that I used to come home from work, start the dial-up process, & then go & make a cup of coffee & hope it had logged on by the time I put the creamer in. Now, you don't have to commit-- you're always online, & I feel the effect it has on me sometimes.
So I get when Bath & Body Works rereleased all the smells of the mid-nineties. I get why we can all buy crushed velvet again (I loved my long sleeve, dark green crushed velvet semi-formal dress!!). I can't get on board with the bodysuit trend-- I guess there's a limit to my nostalgia, & it's wearing clothing designed exactly like a onesie-- but I get why others have. I don't want to spend too much time in the past, but I don't think there's any harm in spending your retail dollars fondly remembering the past. What brings you back to your "good old days"?
I'm so grateful to have you here with me. I LOVE being a mom, but I'm trying to still be "me" while being a mom, & this blog has been a tool for me to figure that out. Hopefully it's that for you, as well. I look forward to hearing from you so that I can make this blog meaningful for you. Thanks for being here!