A Seat By The Window

While we were out driving around today, there seemed to be lots of dogs enjoying a ride in the car as well. Little noses seemed to be poking out of every car window we saw, so that’s what inspired the doodlewash for today. I love seeing what appears to be a smile on their little furry faces as they enjoy the wind and breeze, no doubt exhilarated by the vast variety of smells around them. With their advanced olfactory sense, the experience is by far more thrilling that we humans could ever truly enjoy. A smorgasbord of scents that we can’t even begin to comprehend. Perhaps that’s why you don’t see humans doing this as often. That, and it would look a bit weird to see a person dangling their head out of a window with their tongue flapping in the wind. But don’t think I haven’t thought about trying it, just to see what I might be missing.

Whenever I’m traveling by plane or train, or going to a little cafe, I always prefer to sit close to a window. It’s lovely to be able to view the outdoors, even when sitting inside somewhere. If I’m with someone else, however, I have to be careful as I’m very easily distracted. People watching can often be rather addictive for me, and I like to invent whole stories in my head about the characters that I see passing by. Sometimes, I can get a bit lost in my imagination and don’t even realize that I’ve left the conversation for a few moments. My friends call this “Charlie world” and are used to it, knowing that I’ll indeed return in due time and there’s nothing to worry about. This doesn’t happen as much in one-on-one interactions, which I prefer, but in a group setting it happens all the time. The introvert in me always gets a little exhausted in a large group and I think it’s a way to escape for a moment. A way to find that window.

But I truly love spending time in my thoughts. It’s fun to think of things that are completely made up in my head. I like to daydream and let my mind wander to places that surprise me. Even if we can’t smell all the things a dog can, I feel like our imagination is the human equivalent of a super sense. At least, if we choose to use it. It’s a bit like a muscle that can atrophy if we spend too much time worrying only about facts and reality. But when we let ourselves dream, life just gets so much more enjoyable. Potential outcomes seem endless and for a brief moment, anything feels like it could be possible. I love that feeling most of all. It’s a feeling that has gotten me quite far in life and given me opportunities that I would have otherwise missed entirely. And it makes me so happy to know that thanks to a vivid imagination, no matter what’s really happening around me, I’ll always have a seat by the window.

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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Yellow Ochre, Da Vinci Yellow, Leaf Green, Terra Cotta, Opus (Vivid Pink), Cobalt Turquoise, and Payne’s Gray.  Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.
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  1. Jacob 5 years ago

    How sweet! I’ve seen people do it, but it’s not nearly so charming. I too always plump for the window seat. It feels so much freer, a welcome refuge from that frightful spectre of social interaction!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      hehe… yes to that!! 😉💕 And yeah, people doing this is just awkward and weird. It’s even odd when they stick their hand out the window to me. Keep your hands and feet inside the ride at all times.

  2. Sandra Strait 5 years ago

    I love the dog’s expression! Marvelous (spoken in a Billy Crystal voice).

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 Haha!! Gotta love the Billy Crystal voice!

  3. Teri Casper 5 years ago

    Such a cute expression. Funny when you see a car going really fast and the dogs lips are flapping in the wind.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks, Teri! 😃💕 hehe… so funny! Love seeing their little faces flapping! lol

  4. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 5 years ago

    This is a darling painting! Such a sweet expression on the dog’s face. I can nearly feel the wind myself. Who wouldn’t want a seat by the window if it’s this much fun? Well done, Charlie.

    (And please don’t tell me you painted it in 20 minutes. That will make me cry.)

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 Glad you liked this… it was a bit of a different approach than my usual fare. And well… it was a full hour? Is that better? 😊

  5. SnehLata Maheshwari 5 years ago

    Sitting near the window a good feeling to watch outside.as well in surrounding with the people .Dogs facials expressions is marvlouse.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Snehlata! 😃💕 yeah… I totally love see the expressions of dogs in cars! So fun!

  6. Mary Beth McDonough 5 years ago

    Cute pup and interesting blog. I agree a good imagination is a wonderful gift.

  7. Chris 5 years ago

    Delightful painting!

  8. Sandra Gilbert 5 years ago

    What a happy puppy, they sure know how to enjoy being in the moment. Something we should all do as often as possible.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Definitely!! 😃💕 I often think dogs know something we don’t! hehe

  9. Nay Aung 5 years ago

    Nice perspective Charlie!

  10. I have felt so uplifted reading these posts each day. So good to be reminded of the simple things that are always present but so often missed. Thanks again.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Awww that’s the best compliment ever!! Thanks so much! 😃💕 I’m so happy you’ve enjoying my posts!!

  11. Thomas Blanchard 5 years ago

    “Charlie world” sounds like a good place to visit 🙂 Love this one. It looks like a Frenchie or a Boston … a happy one at that!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Thomas! 😃💕 Hehe… Charlie World is definitely a unique place to visit for sure! Lol

  12. memadtwo 5 years ago

    I call it spacing out, but you’ve definitely captured the way my mind works! (K)

  13. smzang 5 years ago


  14. Agatha 5 years ago

    Lovely painting! The vibrant hues look so pretty!

  15. Elizabeth Metz 5 years ago

    Back when I was a teen and a “moon roof” was totally awesome to have on your bitchin’ Camaro (ahem), I thought I’d be all happy doglike and shove my head out of it to feel the wind in my hair once. (We were a little lax on seat belts in the 80’s in rural Nebraska).

    Let us just say this: Bugs, despite being extra unintentional protein for your diet, are GROSS to pick out of your teeth.

    I’m just saying.

    Still, dog glee and imaginary worlds are still both totally awesome, with no bugs involved. Love this post. 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Ewwww… what a wonderfully graphic story!! LOL Love it!! 😃💕

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