Boy smells candle jars, anecdote candles, and a story of anecdotecan candles.
Source: New Scientist article A boy who used to live in Harlem, New York, in the 1950s, told New Scientist that when he was about 10, he used to get a candle every day.
The candle smell, he said, would linger for hours after he left home.
“I would sit down and sniff it,” he said.
“And I remember thinking, I’ve been here so long, I know what it’s like to be alone.
But when I was a kid, I’d hear the people around me would say, ‘Oh, you smell a candle,’ and I’d just laugh.
So that’s what I was thinking: ‘Yeah, I guess I’m the only one.'”
Boy says he began to think about candles, and wondered if they were a common pastime for kids, too.
He remembered reading an article about the New York State Fair, and the article said it was common for kids to pick up the scent of candles from the fairgrounds.
Boy remembered thinking, What if I just tried to pick that up?
“I didn’t think that that was really what they were going for, so I started to pick it up, and it was not a big deal,” Boy said.
Boy said he also got into the habit of smelling the smell of other people’s perfume.
“I’d say to a friend of mine, ‘What if I was sitting next to you?’ and he’d say, Yeah, I think you smell like a man,'” he said.
“I remember thinking that that would be the kind of thing I would do.
I guess it kind of stuck with me.”
When asked why he would start smelling candles, Boy said, “I didn´t really like it.
I don’t think I was particularly curious.”
Boy said that after years of smelling them, he started to notice other kids around him, who he thought were similar to himself.
“There were kids in the park who were walking by and were smelling the candles, like they were being nice,” he recalled.
“But I didn’t know how to say to them, ‘Hey, this is what I smell.
You don’t smell like this, but I’m sure you’re not.'”
Boy said some of his friends started telling him about how they too started smelling candles and how he should be curious about it.
Boy says that after he began picking up the smell, other people in his neighborhood began to pick him up and try to help him smell them.
Boy says that they would ask him to help them with their own candles, but he would refuse.
Boy had a difficult time believing that he had a problem, because he had heard about people being sensitive to the smell.
“And I was just like, ‘Wow, you have a problem?’
So I went to my mom and said, ‘Well, I am,’ and she went, ‘Yeah.'”
Boy explained that she told him that he shouldn’t try to pick out the smell he didn’t like.
“She said, I don´t think you’re going to be able to pick something out,” Boy recalled.
“You can’t really pick out what you’re looking for.
It’s not going to change what you smell.”
Boy is now 18 years old, and he is still picking up on the smell and getting into the game.
Boy said he hopes that if he could get his friends to help, he would do the same.
“Because it’s not a thing that’s gonna stop me,” he explained.
“It just means that it could be something I can be more sensitive to.”