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I Want To Smell My Friends

Updated: Sep 2, 2022


July 6, 2020. Me: I want to smell my friends.


My Landlady: I know, sweetie. We all want to… maybe not smell our friends, per se, but we want to be closer to them.


Me: I want to smell my friends.


My Landlady: Yes, I get it, you want to smell each other’s butts and pee where they have peed and touch noses but for the time being you must stand beside us humans on your leashes and give us WTF looks while we shriek at one another from six feet away.

Me: I want to smell my friends.

My Landlady: Hey, give it a rest. We’re all frustrated and isolated and sick of the whole thing but it’s not a life sentence.

Me: I want to smell my friends.

My Landlady: (Audible sigh.) Look, do you have anything more enlightening to say?

Me: Research out of Oxford University indicates that proximity to a favored individual strengthens the immune system, stimulates the thymus gland which improves resistance to disease, lowers cortisol levels and induces the production of oxytocin which demonstrably reduces stress.

My Landlady: I want to smell my friends.

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Sharon Osborn
Sharon Osborn
Jul 06, 2020

Dear Adin - I would love to be your friend. I'm a couple thousand miles away so it's tricky, especially for the smelling thing. Actually I do get a little touchy when males do the smelling thing. But usually I get the signals straight by growling loudly and showing a few teeth. Then we can run and play.

So maybe we can be kind of psychic pen pals (my actual penmanship isn't all that hot). I'm so impressed by your obvious intellectual abilities. I didn't know about all that Oxford study stuff. But then, I'm a country lass and life is maybe simpler here. One thing I know we have in common: I love to chase bunnies. Real ones.

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