Lisa Vanderburg

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Mama's nose knows

Mama's nose knows

Deb馃悵 Lange聽gave us such an intricate honeycomb of delights in her well-crafted buzz:聽Smell - a neglected sense聽in which she explores the less obvious ways this sense serves us. I wanted to give her back my example, but it was too long (I'm still new here..and in the 'special' section of kindergarten :))

These here are my babes. I had a rather long dilemma with myself whether to put the pic up or it 'perv material'? I tried messing with it to the point of it looking like a spectacularly dreadful piece of art we would see at the Serpentine at Hyde Park when they were wee. So I made it just a bit fuzzy....

The young'un (referred to in the story if I EVER get to it) is my silverback - 6'4'' and about 250lb of muscle - he's a gentle giant.

Apologies - I digress. I do that. A lot. Back to the point!

My younger son when he was about a year and a half, lay in his cot - a room he shared with his one- year older brother. Just quickly; we were life-long restaurateurs. As a Chef, smell is very important for all sorts of reasons, but also to gauge both staff and punters! I could smell the fight about to break out between preps or wash-ups. I could smell those who would take us for a ride (always a few in that type of business). I 'smelled' the perp hiding in the empty restaurant who had just stole some stuff, and I could smell trouble a-coming.

Back to my son. We had gotten home from work very late (this was a restaurant/nightclub in Spain, so they stay up LATE!); my sister who looked after the kids when we worked was asleep in her room. The kids room had one of those door-gate thingies (ode to thee, Gerald Hecht) that keep toddlers from wandering off. As parents, both my husband and I were very blessed to be of the same mind about child-rearing; love unconditionally, but keep fixed boundaries 'visible' for the child: a happy child knows where safety is!

So we checked in on the kids and something made me step over the gate, gather up the sleeping babe and bring him into our bed. My husband protested - we never do that...different if they come to us for the usual night-time reasons. He questioned me; 'dunno..', I said, '..just doesn't smell right.' In fact our son looked fine, normal temp, sleeping soundly - made me wonder too! Soon we were all asleep, the baby between us. Maybe an hour later I woke, but for no reason; no 'movement' or bodily function to bring me to. I turned my head to my babe and there he was, 聽staring right back at me, eyes wide and glazed, body still as a rock. He was blue. Pure instinct drove me to grab him by his heels and wallop his mid-back. Out shot a bullet of dry vomit. It took all of 10 seconds from me asleep to him alive. He recovered just fine..drank more water since :)

My Trevor has his first child on the way now, something that would not have happened if I hadn't been so blessed. And no - that's not his real really think I'd be that cruel to call him Trevor???? (apologies to any Trevor out there but, damn...what were your parents thinking?).

Yes, yes, yes - trust your sense of smell! It is a wholly under-estimated but the most powerful tool in the arsenal of intuition.

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Cyndi wilkins

5 years ago #13

Yes, I enjoyed that article and commented on the intelligence of plants and their diverse communication systems..."The Plant Whisperer." When I received your book yesterday I flipped it open to a random page...I little trick I learned years ago about trusting your senses;-) I knew in that moment whatever was on that page was an opportunity for me to re-connect and re-discover new ways of thinking by shifting my perceptions about the obstacles that presented there. Recognition is only the first step...we must follow through by initiating a response within action that integrates this new way of thinking and assists us on our journey to "whole bodied" health....Thanks Deb\ud83d\udc1d Lange...I am looking forward to embarking on this journey while I walk with you through the pages of your book;-)

Cyndi wilkins

5 years ago #12

Ha ha! So true Lisa Vanderburg...That sounds like the beginnings of another amazing post for you..."These Are A Few Of My Favorite REDONKULOUS Things!" Now THAT sounds like a fun read;-)

Lisa Vanderburg

5 years ago #11

So true, savvy Cyndi wilkins!! Remember being a kid? All those limbs and joints doing redonkulous things so effortlessly? Same with our senses, I guess. Going walkabout in the dead-darness of night for hours as a child - that's what honed my senses, I only now realize!

Cyndi wilkins

5 years ago #10

Why it is that the "intellectual" brain sanitizes the senses? And how can we re-connect those circuits without frying them;-) Many in the intellectual circles view emotion as an unnecessary nuisance standing in the way of the pursuit of external power...whereas it is my belief that the higher order of logic and understanding lies within developing an awareness of our senses...Taking that a step further, dare to go beyond what we embody as our "human sensory system" and dig a little deeper into your heart and soul...Amazing possibilities reside there;-)

Lisa Vanderburg

5 years ago #9

I thank you Deb\ud83d\udc1d Lange! If it weren't for your fabulous buzz on Smell, I may have never mentioned it: not because it wasn't important, but because it was just so instinctive, I hadn't at the time thought of the connection. Does make me think just how many near-misses we all have!!

Lisa Vanderburg

5 years ago #8

haha.... Cyndi wilkins - the Trevors of the world need all the support they can get :)

Cyndi wilkins

5 years ago #7

Lisa Vanderburg...I love the name Trevor!!! Or was it Travis?? Anyway, THIS IS AN AWESOME STORY! Yo Mama knows when something ails ya! Even before you do;-) Keep 'em coming Lisa...I love this stuff!

Lisa Vanderburg

5 years ago #6

So true Deb \ud83d\udc1d Helfrich! I mind is so pollutes these days that all my instincts are screaming at me, 'jump!....jump!!' :)

Lisa Vanderburg

5 years ago #5

This mother was just one really lucky incubator :)

Lisa Vanderburg

5 years ago #4

haha Gerald Hecht; that might be right next to my refractory blub thingie................ Did you know that the smell of a old vacant restaurant kitchen which smells like a deep-fat fryer is actually the smell of roaches? Nope - the leggy-thingie ones.

Pascal Derrien

5 years ago #3

mothers know best :-)

Lisa Vanderburg

5 years ago #2

I know...right Pascal Derrien? Pure spiritual intervention, methinks. Thanks!

Pascal Derrien

5 years ago #1

wow....just wow :-) what a story !

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