Love At First Sight

Day 14 - Penguins In Love Watercolor - Doodlewash

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, I like to think about it as simply a celebration of love in every form it comes rather than only romantic love. So, I just imagined two penguins happily realizing, “gee, we have so much in common!” It got me thinking about the idea of “love at first sight” normally thought to be that feeling one feels when they first meet the one who will be their significant other. In my case, I met Philippe online initially and we were already rather enamored with one another before meeting in person. When I saw him for the first time in person, I simply thought, “wow, you’re a lot taller than I expected.” Certainly, not the most romantic thought one could have, but at first sight, that’s what came to mind. But there are many other times this idea comes up. My heart is warmed by the posts I see of new moms saying things like, “I didn’t know I could feel this much love” while staring at a newborn baby. Definitely love at first sight. Throughout my life, there have been moments when something just touches my heart in a way that I can’t explain. And these are my favorite moments of all.

I remember meeting the person who would become my best friend throughout my college years. It was something she said that I can’t even remember now, but it was perfectly ridiculous and hilarious in the same moment. I felt a little thrill that made me want to get to know her better. It was instant. A feeling of love in that very first moment. And, it’s a friendship that has lasted through all of these years. When I was a kid, I was walking along the train tracks once and discovered the coolest rock on the ground. It was part quartz and part something else, and to me in that moment, it seemed perfectly magical. I can’t quite say that I was in love with a rock as that would be disturbingly weird, but I can say that I loved it at first sight. There was a feeling that I still can’t explain that made that particular rock more special than the others on the ground. I brought it back home with me and kept it for years. Each time I looked at it, I was reminded why it was so special.

Love is just as impossible to define as the feelings it evokes. And it’s a word so often used now, it doesn’t quite pack the same punch as it once did. But, I just like to think of love as a pulse of beautifully positive energy that races through us in an instant. That feeling when we’re reminded of or actually feel all over again when you share a special moment with someone you love. Or, that moment you spend doing something you love. Taking minutes out of a day to enjoy something that really matters to you. Many people have asked me what made me decide to start watercolor sketching in the first place. And short of describing the precise time that it happened, it’s difficult to explain why I started and why on earth I keep doing it every single day. But that’s when I know I’ve stumbled onto something wonderful. Something that my heart demands that I do. So, I don’t really have a perfect answer to explain my watercolor sketching habit. I can only say that once upon a time, in a swirl of quickly sketched lines and a pool of blending colors, it was love at first sight.

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Penguins In Love Watercolor - Doodlewash
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22 Comments
  1. Sandra Strait 6 months ago

    Love is a many-splendored thing! I can’t actually remember much about that movie – I should reread the book. But I digress. That title is one of the things I’ve loved since I first heard the song. It still pops up in my head on occasion. I don’t care how old-fashioned it is. It’s just one of those love matches that you can’t explain. Although *whispers* I think the love may be one-sided. But I don’t care. I love your penguins too!

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕I agree though, love is indeed a many-splendored thing… and honestly too confusing to figure out sometimes. Best to just go with it! hehe

  2. Sharon Nolfi 6 months ago

    Sweet penguins! With respect to the few people with whom I would become life-long friends, I felt a special connection in the first few minutes.

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 Yeah, sometimes you just “know” and there’s nothing that can be explained. And those are the best times ever!

  3. Lisa 6 months ago

    Joe has gifted me single stones because that’s what penguins do. When our little niece showed an interest in rocks, I bought her a rock tumbler. Love in another form!

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      hehe! I’ve wanted a rock tumbler ever since my brother had one when I was a a kid! 😃💕 Never got one though… hmm… I do have a birthday coming in April though. Time to start sneaking it into conversations. lol

  4. creatingincolors 6 months ago

    So well said in that love is difficult to define. You just feel it, and it’s wonderful. Your two penguins are adorable!

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      Thanks so much! 😃💕 Glad you liked my penguins. And yeah, love is the best thing in the world!

  5. LoriCtoo 6 months ago

    Your penguins are so sweet and reall looking. When I think of love at first sight, it makes me think they fell in love with their looks. Lol Should it be love at first encounter? Either way, you hear it all the time, so there must be something to it. When I first met my hubby, I thought he was interested in my friend. Little did I know…..29 years later and I am still friends with my friend. 😉

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      Thanks so much! 😃💕 hehe… penguins have to be a bit narcissistic if you think about it. And love that you thought your future hubby was interested in someone else. 29 years? wow… you were really wrong about that! lol

  6. Mary Roff 6 months ago

    Beautiful penguins and a wonderful definition of love..”a pulse of beautifully positive energy”.

  7. Jodi 6 months ago

    Love you Charlie 🙂 <3

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      Aww… love you back, Jodi! 😃💕 Hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day my friend!

  8. Naomi Shelton 6 months ago

    Here’s a quotation that I happened upon some time ago and which I think is the truest thing of Love that I’ve ever encountered. “Love, it is said, is Blind. But it is only through Love that we see Rightly.” What do you think?

    I have only just found your blog and though I’m am not a watercolor artist I do appreciate the beautiful and interesting images I see here I actually am a photographer but I love all the visual arts and am happy to have stumbled upon your site. j

    I will be back.

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      Hi, Naomi! So thrilled you enjoyed my blog! Thanks! 😃💕 And I love that quote… I think that’s definitely true. When we approach anything in life with love and an open spirit, we see things as they were meant to be seen.

  9. Naomi Shelton 6 months ago

    Well, put.

  10. Purnima Manjunath 6 months ago

    I married my classmate and best friend.We were friends when he proposed to me and i said no to him.I feared losing his friendship and thought hard for a few days and realised he was the perfect match for me.Without further delay i asked him if the proposal was still open!! Lovely to read your everyday blog,Charlie!

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      Thanks so much, Purnima! 😃💕So happy you enjoy my posts! And that’s a beautiful story. I adore it! hehe… Afraid to lose the only person you ever really wanted in the first place. That’s a beautiful reminder to all of us!

  11. June Hadaway 6 months ago

    This is such a beautiful meaning of “love at first sight”. You could not have explained it better. The penquins are adorable!

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      Thanks so much, June! 😃💕 Thrilled you enjoyed this! Much love to you my friend!

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