Oh, the air is sweet! I have a Korean lilac in my backyard, and when the flowers bloom that heavenly fragrance takes me back to childhood to a time when I used to hide among the tall stems of lilac bushes pretending I was hidden to the world. Our backyard was lined with old-fashioned lilacs – Syringa vulgaris – an ugly name for what I thought was a beautiful shrub. The flowers are larger than those of Korean or Persian lilacs, the leaves bigger and bluer. The stems are sturdier, like slim tree trunks, but gnarled. Our lilac border was the perfect place to pretend I was sneaking through a forest, like a deer in the shadows.
Smells, sights, and sounds can bring back memories. If you are working on a memoir – scrapbook, video, or book – be sure to use sensory details to bring the stories alive. Factual accounts are wonderfully colored by the addition of thoughts, feelings, and the use of the five senses.