Whenever we were feeling unwell,
perhaps complaining of a cold,
a headache, or a sore throat,
my father would produce this little round bottle,
(from who knew where)
and would with some ceremony
sprinkle the 'water from Cologne'
onto one of his vast cotton handkerchiefs
and dab our hot foreheads with it.
Created in 1792,the original Eau de Cologne
is formulated from the essential oils of citrus fruits
blended with Rosemary, Lavender and Neroli.
The smell today reawakens that curious sensation of
childhood malaise and happy surrender to the care of
people who knew what was best for me.
The scent is supposed to be very reviving
and I think I do feel a little bit better.
* Wikipedia says that this was pronounced forty-seven eleven,
but they are quite mistaken.
We called it four, seven, eleven.