Today, drinking my cocoa tea in preparation for an extended session of sketching - "fondness" comes to mind - fondness and memories... how does an experience become special or become etched into one's memory.
Beginning to write "you can mull those thoughts for yourself" - etymologically sidetracked me for a moment. Think about the similarity of mulling thoughts and mulling cider... there's a process of slow simmering - and hopefully, improvement.
Reading about mulling thoughts and cider serendipitously led to an interesting preface to discussion of Perfumes: The Guide by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez.
How about an Autumnal perfume based on mulling spices... good whiff of apple, bit of cinnamon, cloves, star anise, lemony-cardamom, orange zest... but, how to avoid smelling like a room deodorizer... the smell, perhaps of crushed leaves... peppercorn... something leather-y... maybe some chimney smoke.
Back to fondness and memory - and sensory thoughts... here are things which bring - to me - a feeling of fondness and memory-etching potential:
- A vision-sight of golden-yellow leaves, blown by a warm and invisible wind-current up and off a cold and slow-moving river - against the direction of other leaves falling down from a tree trailing its fingers in the water below. Propelling themselves horizontally through the breeze, like the paddles of a riverboat... leaves oval in shape. The river's brown-blue surface crosshatched with multi-directional current. This memory, with its movement of leaves and water - feels like calm and stillness.
- Imagining the smells - good and bad - of fragrances described by Turin and Sanchez in Perfumes: The Guide.
- Reading Nick Bantock's books about Griffin and Sabine: like receiving permission to read a friend's correspondence - with all the good bits... stamps, doodles, enclosed photos, etc. Some pages even invite you to remove the letter from the envelope - sharing the anticipation of unfolding the paper and perusing the artsy contents.
I think an experience becomes special and established in the memory when several - or ideally, all - the senses are integrated and utilized at higher capacity.