It’s been a long few weeks at my day job and, by long, I mean LOOOONNNGGG. You know the drill. Lots of work, not enough hours, and one day just starts blending in with the next. It’s a sad state of affairs when you can’t quite recall what day of the week it is, and it can feel even worse when you know that there are still a few more weeks of the same old story stretched out in front of you.
Luckily for me, I have two key factors playing in my favor:
- I love my job (like, really really love it!) so all of the extra hours and efforts feel worthwhile
- I’m all lovey dovey and doe-eyed over Mr. Irish Eyes (just call me a smitten kitten, please!) so I feel a bit as if I’m walking on air and floating through my days anyways
Such was the case today. I got in to my office around 9:30am and hit the ground running from the very start. Meetings were stacked on top of more meetings, and my phone(s) didn’t stop ringing all day. But, when I stepped in to my car to grab lunch and saw Mr. Irish Eyes’ sweatshirt laying in the backseat of my car, I literally could not contain my smile. Truly, it’s little reminders like that that help make the craziness of life seem entirely worthwhile, really.
The funny part about finding Mr. Irish Eyes’ sweatshirt in my car, though, was that my first reaction to seeing it there was to smell it. I literally could not stop myself from picking it up, snuggling up close to it, and breathing in all of the sweet deliciousness that is him. Instantly, I felt my pulse quicken, my heart fluttered, and a smile washed across my face. I may have even let out a little “purrr,” but I can’t be sure. There’s just something about his smell that just gets me going….
For me, I’ve always found the topic of scent and attraction to be incredibly interesting (f you need a refresher on the science behind it, I highly recommend this Men’s Health article). Even without any formal knowledge or education on the topic, I can vividly remember having heightened intimate reactions to others’ scents and being very aware of these reactions. I can still remember schoolgirl-type crushes crashing and burning once I got close enough to really “take them in” smell-wise. I’ve also been alarmed at how attracted I’ve become to someone else once I got up close and personal with them and their scent. Funny how that happens, no?
One situation of scent and attraction that always sticks out the most to me is my high school boyfriend. We’ll call him Mr. Bovine. Mr. Bovine was incredible. Sweet, caring, gentle, and gentlemanly. He was the perfect man to bring home to meet my parents, and we got along famously. However, there was something about his smell that just…irked me. I could never really explain it but, for as much as I genuinely loved him for who he was, I couldn’t STAND being too close to him. And it KILLED me. I wanted so badly to be IN love with him…but his smell, to me, made it impossible to move beyond just plain love. I mean, I still get grossed out just thinking about having to sleep next to him. That smell? No thank you. I’ll pass.
The amazing part, though, is that the smell that sent me running for the hills is probably exactly what keeps Mr. Bovine’s fiance, for example, coming back for more. Mr. Bovine’s manly musk probably drives her wild with naughty uncontrollable desires in the way that I melt when I catch a whiff of Mr. Irish Eyes. You just can’t help it.
So, forget about falling in love the old-fashioned way. Try falling in love the olfactory way. The next time you’re feeling a attracted to someone, get past the physical. Hell, go beyond the mental too. Lean in real close, take a good deep breathe (but keep it casual, Sally…), and see how your body reacts. Lukewarm or, worse yet, cold? Keep on truckin’. Tingles down your spine? Buckle up, buttercup, and enjoy the ride
La Petite Provocateur