This is a sponsored post with Gain. All thoughts are my own.
Ever since I could remember, music has been a part of my life. It was there when I was a baby with the Spanish lullabies my mami and abuela would sing me and there last night where I watched my own daughter dance her heart out to her newest favorite song. Music is a part of me and my heritage and it allows me to go back in time and remember pieces of my childhood.
Every time I heard the “Mexican Hat Dance”, I remember that day time in the 2nd grade where my abuelita helped make all my classmates costumes for the big “Cinco de Mayo” dance. Nevermind that we were Peruvian, my grandmother celebrated it cause I was half Mexican and she loved watching me learn about my heritage. The day of the big show, she came and helped us all with the costumes, and brought a special necklace for me to wear so that it matched my outfit. I was so proud to be her grandchild and I wanted her to be proud of what I did, so I danced my little heart out. She watched and clapped and it’s one of my favorite memories to this day of my childhood.
It’s funny isn’t it? How certain things can just whisk us away and allow us to remember a time long forgotten. Music does this to me a lot, but so does scent. I could take a whiff of a spice in the kitchen and remember my mom making her special turkey at Thanksgiving. Or open a window and smell the car wash my grandpa would use to wash his little green Toyota. But the scent I connect to most of all is that of fresh, clean laundry. Laundry meant chores, but they were fun chores thanks to my grandfather.
On Laundry day, it would be a game. From who would help get all the clothes together to who would carry the Gain detergent, there was always a special treat in store for a job well done. We’d all sit at the laundromat, as the speakers would blare Gloria Estefan or Julio Iglesias and watch the machines swirl and whirl as the it filled with that fresh, relaxing scent that I have know all my life. Gain reminds me of who I was, and of where I came from…and it’s also how I am passing pieces of my memories onto my daughter, so those memories, and our heritage, will live on.
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