The other day I was killing time at a drug store. At the perfume counter I saw a bottle of Exclamation - my first perfume. I picked up the bottle, slowly tracing the cool glass, then removed the lid and inhaled.
And there I was in my cheerleading uniform, waiting after practice for the guy I was "going out with" to appear so we could have ten minutes of chaste hand holding and swooning before my mom picked me up.
i'm on the far right
The soundtrack of my early teen years played in my memory like a mixed tape:
"Back for Good" by Take That
"Roll to Me" by Del Amitri
"Ironic" by Alanis Morissette
"Breakfast at Tiffany's" by Deep Blue Something
"Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio
That first peck in the choir room that barely qualified as a kiss. Attending the first boy/girl party (well, the first one since I was probably seven). Chillin' with my friends in the journalism room.
They say scent is the biggest memory trigger. I have to agree. There's something about Exclamation that is pure teen angst in a bottle. Could an adult even get away with wearing it? It was perfect for a thirteen year old, though.
What was your first perfume?