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The cold nights have been drawing in and the weather has started to change, that means only one thing, winter is here.

It doesn't matter how old I get this time of year only reminds me of one thing and that is the smell of my Dad's old wax Barbour Jacket and the warm smell that would come from it every time he picked me up to carry me across a puddle or maybe over a muddy track on the farm. The smell is a mix of cold winter days, old pipe tobacco and waxiness of the jacket it's self.

It is something I find it hard to put my finger on but one thing is for sure, when I got to an age were I could buy one for myself I rushed straight out to the shops to get one. But alias the smell wasn't there, all I could smell was a new jacket. It seems that the smell is something you have to earn and not something you can buy.

So as that first Barbour jacket I bought went through years of work and hard times I felt sure that one day the smell was going to arrive but even though I never took it off and I wore it everywhere it still wouldn't come, I even started smoking a pipe for a while but I couldn't keep it up. it just really hurt my throat. For a while I would just buy tobacco and leave it in the top pocket so that the smell would slowly work its way around the whole jacket, but still nothing.

As the years past my jacket became battered and worn and it was sent back to Barbour on more than one occasion to be repaired and I wore it day in day out, on the farm, to dinner and to every place I ever went always hoping that the next morning when I woke up the smell would be there.

The cold night air would bring back the smell in my mind but it was impossible to recreate it no matter how much I tried, but never the less I did keep trying and every day my heart would sink when all I could smell was the same smell that had been with the jacket for years now, but it was not my Fathers.

So as the years past homes were bought and sold, I was got married to my beautiful wife and we had a son, and I was still on my quest to regain those lost memories. Then one day while carrying my son over a deep puddle he whispered in my ear " Dad I live the way your jacket smells" it was at that point that I realised that memories can not be recreated but they can be made and instead of making my old life reappear I had been making a new life for my son. So I told him that one day he will have his own and that as soon as he is sixteen always keep an eye for a sign that says discount Barbour and to go in and buy because when he does he might start building his own future.


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