“You smell like shooting stars,” she said, smiling, as she released me from a tight embrace.
It wasn’t until years later that I discovered she meant the flower.

18 Responses to “Stars”

  1. Dave2 Says:

    If I were you, I’d secretly hope that she REALLY meant the comets.
    Not that I think super-heated balls of dirty ice smell great or anything… but wouldn’t that be cool?

  2. shari Says:

    It was Pam Dauber, wasn’t it? I KNEW it!! So… how did you meet ol’ Mindy, anyway?

  3. Sunny Says:

    I was curious what scent a shooting star had, since it sounded so pretty. I thought maybe it would smell like another planet and I just had to know which one. (Mars? Venus?) So I ran off to the internet, where I found this site:
    Turns out they have ‘no floral scent.’
    That was quite a let down. I really wanted to know what Saturn smelled like!

  4. jenny Says:

    Dave2: I absolutely hoped that’s what she meant, ’cause yeah – it’s cool! :)
    Shari: So sorry to disappoint, but I’ve never met the famed Mindy.
    Sunny: Wow. That is a bit of a letdown. So, she was saying I smelled like nothing?

  5. Tracy Lynn Says:

    So now you are left with the question of what was meant, since they have no scent, apparently? I’d default back to the idea that actual shooting stars smell like chocolate chip cookies, and leave it at that.

  6. Dustin Says:

    Is it bad that I think of shooting stars smelling like vanilla (as in vanilla ice cream)? Maybe I shouldn’t leave comments around lunch time.

  7. jenny Says:

    Another Internet resource describes the fragrance of Shooting Stars (Dodecatheon meadia) as a “strong, cinnamon, lilac, spicy scent.”
    I don’t smell like nothing! I smell like something! Something spicy and pungent!

  8. Anonymous Says:

    Dear Jenny,
    This is lovely and elusive.

  9. teahouseblossom Says:

    Too cute!
    I was told once that I smell like starfruit. Better or worse?

  10. Fiorello La Guardia Says:

    “You smell like a shooting star”? That sounds like something a grandma would say.
    My shooting stars aren’t blooming yet, but I’ll write and let everyone know just what they smell like, just to end the suspense!!!

  11. Rick Says:

    At least you you won’t get all that radiation from the flower…. right?

  12. trisha Says:

    She didn’t mean the flowers.

  13. jenny Says:

    Viv: Aw, thanks!
    THB: Starfruit? EQUALLY as cool!
    Fio: I’ll expect a full report.
    Rick: Ahhh, a little radiation never hurt anyone. Oh wait…
    Trisha: I think I will choose to believe your theory. :)

  14. amanda Says:

    i don’t think it’s possible to love two sentences more than i love the two in this post.

  15. trisha Says:

    As well you should.
    You are an incredible human.

  16. nicole Says:

    A friend and I thought it would be so romantic to take our significant others at the time to “shooting star lookout” one night. We were kicked out by the park patrol because, as we found out, shooting stars are also flowers.
    Come on!

  17. jenny Says:

    amanda: Wow – that just made my day! Thanks! :)
    trisha: No, wait – that just made my day, too. Now I have two made days! I can take tomorrow off.
    nicole: Is that why they kicked you out, or was it because you were fogging up the windows?

  18. Sunny Says:

    Yay, I’m glad that I was wrong!
    I can’t exactly imagine what a cinnamon lilac smells like, but it sounds pretty heavenly.
    Now I need to find a shooting star…