Lingering whiff

She held the box under my chin. I poked my nose in the Celestial Seasonings package hoping for a clue about what to expect from the Blueberry Zinger. Instead I inhaled a lingering whiff of hand soap. The smell of skin and soap seem much more interesting than the aroma of the tea, so I took her hand and pulled it closer.

Her skin was warm and dry and I turned her hand so I could explore the innerside of her wrist with my nose and mouth. Oh, she breathed, and dropped the box of tea to cup my face . . .


Author: Virginia DeBolt

Writer and teacher who writes blogs about web education, writing practice, and pop culture.

3 thoughts on “Lingering whiff”

  1. After my husband got out of bed before dawn to go to work, I lay in bed trying to find sleep again. But every time I started to drift off, I was startled awake by an acrid smell. I’d raise my head, sniffing to try to locate the source, but every time it eluded me. After too many repetitions of this, I flounced out of bed growling, got down on hands and knees, and put nose to carpet. That damn cat…

  2. A friend complained for several days at work about her belief that something had died under her house. Then she came to work laughing. She said, “I bought some liver last week, but when I went to cook it I couldn’t find it. That’s when I realized it was still under the roll of toilet paper I’d left in the sack that I tossed in my bedroom when I got home from the grocery store.”

  3. Thanks, first50, you make me feel better. Turns out the smell (this was a true story) was cat pee. She had hunkered over too close to the wall, and the result had collected under the box instead of in it. Peee YEW!

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