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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 8, 2016

Smells, tastes and sounds can bring back memories

By Trisha Phelps

By TRISHA PHELPS

Mt. Pleasant News

I find it interesting that certain smells, tastes and sounds can bring up incredibly strong memories.

For example, I cracked open a can of root beer today and thought of my great-grandmother. It must have been the way the specific brand tasted that reminded me of how she always kept a space in her fridge for pop to provide to all of the kids in her life. The root beer cans were those half sized cans. I was one of the youngest kids in the family, so it was the half sized and caffeine-free pop for me. She loved kids. She used to keep candy hidden in drawers for all of her grandchildren, always knowing what each kid’s favorite was and always having it on hand for visits.

Jazz music reminds me of my maternal grandfather. He used to love dancing along with my grandmother in the living room to the music, and I used to love watching them.

He was a World War II veteran, and he could keep my brother and me entertained for hours by telling us stories. The stories were never graphic that I can remember, but he was always so animated when he would tell them. My brother and I probably could have sat and listened to him tell stories all day.

Shih-tzu dogs remind me of my paternal grandparents. They used to have a shih-tzu when I was younger named Boogers. He was by no means an intelligent dog, but he was the friendliest dog I have ever encountered. He hated getting haircuts, and would hide until his hair grew out to his satisfaction.

Motorcycles and construction work will always remind me of my father. In the past couple of years, my dad got himself a motorcycle (and helmet, for those wondering) and one of my favorite things to do is ride on the back of my dad’s bike with him.

My father is also one of the hardest-working people I know, and he is by trade a bridge builder. One of my favorite things to do over the summer growing up was when my mother, brother and I would take sports drinks and water to wherever my dad and his crew were working and see how it was going.

There is a lot of construction going on currently in Mt. Pleasant. I have to be honest, I can get pretty easily frustrated when it takes me more time than I am used to for me to get from point A to point B because it is no longer a direct route.

While it is incredibly easy to get annoyed by the sound of loud machinery or coming up with a new driving route, the thing to remember is that where there is construction work there is also jobs, and where there are jobs there is also a successful community.

I’d like to think Mt. Pleasant is a pretty successful community. It is one I am proud to call home. When all of the construction work is done, which should be soon, things are going to look absolutely amazing around here.