Did you ever notice that a random thing brings a particular person to mind?
I’m not talking about physical or personality traits. We all associate certain hair colors or hair styles, a laugh, or a mannerism with particular people.
Lately though I’ve noticed that I associate certain meaningless random things with particular people in my life.
Dark gym shorts with white trim.
All natural peanut butter.
Ankle bracelets (what the wearer told me was “shock repellent” until I realized in her Boston accent it was “shark repellent”)
I see these things all the time and they evoke one person in my mind. (In the case of almonds and plastic straws, it’s the same person.)
These associations only really come to mind when I have the object in view.
Is there a word for these sorts of things?