Cold ~ day 6. My throat is scratchy, my nose is stuffy & my head is foggy ~ memories (random or not) are slow in coming. But through the fog I see a cobalt blue glass jar in the distance....and it triggers memories of the past.
I remember when I was a little girl I would get a seal sounding kind of cough, my nose would get all stuffed up and my chest and my throat would hurt so much. My mom would rub a thick layer of Vicks on my chest and my throat and then she'd wrap an old cloth diaper around my neck and tuck the ends into my pajama top. The warmth kind of seeped into my chest and throat and the vapors cleared my nose ~ it was wonderful! I loved that smell! I confess that I used to take that blue jar out of the medicine chest just so I could unscrew the lid and take a whiff every now and then! Ahhhh! I can smell it now!
My children didn't seem to appreciate the benefits of Vicks as much as I did. "The fumes make my eyes burn!" "That stuff stinks!" "I don't like how that feels on me!" "Stop rubbing, it tickles too much!"
They don't know what they were missing! I think I'll go get that little blue (now plastic) jar and take a sniff ~ I'd rub some on but I don't think the disposable diapers would work the same as those old cloth ones my mom used!