Recently I got a sample of Carol's Daughter Monoi Repairing Shampoo, Conditioner and Conditioning Mask from Sephora, and the smell totally took me back to childhood.
It was summers at the lake with my mom, sister, aunts and cousins, getting sandy on the beach and then going to the public showers to wash off, shampooing with Breck or Fabrage Organics Wheat Germ and Honey Oil, or Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific, or good old Suave, and THANK YOU, Carol's Daughter, for taking me back there just for a moment.
I remember being my skinny, 8 year old self and seeing my aunts and mom and thinking "Their boobs are HUGE!"
I adored one aunt in particular, more like an older sister, with her long, stick straight blond hair, blue eyes, and always tan skin. She was on the drill team with a red and white uniform and tall white boots. I COVETED that uniform.
My sister and cousins and I would wash off quickly, then run around outside while the grown-ups dried their hair, and we would pile into one or two cars, everyone smelling like Coppertone and baby oil and shampoo, and drive back to Grandma's farm with the windows rolled down, listening to the Eagles or Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Back at the farm we ran around until the sun went down, the smell of lilacs hanging around the windows of the house, listened to my uncles tell ghost stories when it got dark, roasted hot dogs and marshmallows over the fire outside while the grown-ups played Pitch at the kitchen table.
The cool summer nights wrapped around us like black velvet, and we slept in the pop-up camper, giggling and whispering to each other until every last one of us finally dropped off to sleep.
Tunic: T.J. Maxx, years ago
Tank: Old Navy
Jeans: Hudson, clothing swap
Earrings: Clothing swap
Rings: I have NO idea
Shoes: Steve Madden, DSW