by Julia Buckley
Did you ever find a product that you really loved, that really worked for you, and then it was discontinued? My husband and I both have scents that were once our signature perfumes--his was a Crabtree and Evelyn Cologne that I bought him when we were married; mine was a Laura Ashley perfume that I simply loved. Both were aromatherapy of the highest order. Neither is now available, even on Ebay. I did find one tiny bottle of my husband's lost cologne somewhere in England--just a few ounces for two hundred and fifty dollars. Too much of an indulgence, I'm afraid, and yet I was tempted to claim that last bottle as if it were the Holy Grail.
In addition, there was a Swedish shampoo I used in the 70s I would love to have again, but it's gone the way of the Dodo. I miss one vacuum cleaner that used to do a really professional job, and a computer printer that was cheaper than my current one but WAY better, and now is considered out of date, so one cannot find it--or cartridges for it--anywhere. And how about those food items we used to love that simply didn't sell well, and therefore disappeared from the shelves? Does anyone still long for the Quisp Cereal of their childhood?
I'm not sure why lost things are so compelling, why I feel almost hurt by their unavailability. I suppose, as with a lot of things, that they are blended in with my nostalgia for times past. Jeff's cologne brings back images of our honeymoon; mine elicits memories of my early career.
They say that smell is the sense most connected to memory, and perhaps that's another reason why the loss of those aromas rankles.
Am I alone in this, or are there things you miss that you can no longer get?