May 22, 2014 at 8:56 pm , by Nick Shell
3 years, 6 months.
It’s official: You have a nose… and it works!
This whole time, I seriously thought there was a good chance you were born without a sense of smell. But I didn’t want to say anything to anyone about it or draw attention to that fact… a fact that was, in fact, just fiction.
(Thanks to Wikipedia, I learned the word for not having a sense of smell: anosmia.)
But now I know, that does not apply to you. All of the sudden, around the time you turned 3 and a half, it’s like the switch came on.
You were just a late bloomer in a world that indeed has different smells.
Before your nose started working, it was like you only knew smells based on their sounds…
These days, it’s like your nose is the first on the scene!
Yesterday morning on the way to school, you asked me, “Daddy, do you smell that?”
I answered honestly that I did not.
You didn’t like my response, mainly because you are ready now for a vacation from school, so you were quite sensitive:
“No Daddy! You do smell that! You do!”
I decided to agree with you.
What’s funny about your newfound sense of smell is that it’s like you don’t yet appear to recognize whether something smells good or bad.
In other words, you don’t get all worked up over bad smells. “Bad” is just another flavor of the smelling rainbow. It’s probably just next to bananas or Play-Doh.
Your main concern is making sure that whatever you are smelling, you’re not smelling it alone.
The switch has been flipped on. You can officially smell things now.
One day, you will learn to (not) appreciate the concept that indeed, certain things smell better than others.
Until then, I will let you figure out on your own which are which.