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The ad popped up on Facebook, like they do these days, and I was suddenly home and eight years old.
Vicks VapoRub. That could easily be what I’d use if I had to pick two words to describe my childhood. Except back then, we called it “visvaporús”. Virtually every night I’d go to sleep enveloped in that strong minty smell, which emanated from my body after my dad rubbed the goo on my chest before kissing me goodnight and closing the door. It wasn’t so much that I was sick all the time, but there was no central heating (there still isn’t) in our house, and the concoction tingled and got quite warm on skin contact.
I remember the day I found out what visvaporús really stood for. Holy shit. After twenty-two years it finally made sense.
Vapor Rub. VapoRub. Genius.
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