Thanks to what must have been a great season for lilacs my senior year of high school, I have the strongest association with the smell of lilacs and doing Calculus homework. They just smell like equations and my TI-81 calculator and graph paper and colored pencils and rubber cement. The walls around my desk had National Geographic photos and all sorts of bits that caught my eye up to the ceiling, my desk had a plant from my brother, that great lamp (still use it today), several bottles of blue nail polish, and the remote for my stereo.
So somewhat different setup today, but the lilacs are blooming and I brought in several handfuls to accompany me during bill paying while the baby napped.
New secondary association – lilacs smell like prepaying the mortgage?