A Room With a View

March 15th, 2011

Her eyes dart back and forth, touching everything she sees with her undivided attention. She is 100% committed to the world “My purpose is to see you” she says with a tilt of her head.

Every inch of her being is curious, nosey, and right there in other peoples business. Right there in the business of living. “What’s that? I’ve never in my life seen such a thing! How remarkable! What’s it doing? Where will it go? Why?”

Her breath fogging the window, her nose leaving smears I don’t bother to wipe. For there will be more. Smearing, fogging. Looking, seeing. Seeing each thing a million times over with all the wonder of first discoveries.

She turns her head to me, telling me she is surely the first to witness such amazingness. Out there, through the window, “did you see that? This is just incredible!” My curiously slowly wakes from the warm bed of familiarity.

So I go and sit right next to her and ask her what she is looking at? What is just so captivating that you do not move for hours in fear of missing a moment?

“See? Right there” she says excitedly, “It’s a squirrel, and look over there I see a bird, oh, and up there…. a leaf! It’s a leaf, MOVING A LITTLE BIT!” She looks from me to the leaf, then back to me, back to the leaf, begging me to see what she sees. “Do you see it?”

Yes, yes I do see it I convince her. Wow, how about that? Yes, it IS amazing. I scratch her chin, pat her head and thank her for showing me the squirrel, bird and leaf. For showing me a whole new world, even though it’s the same one that is there day after day right out my window. And after a moment of gratitude, I figure that a dog’s life, is truly a wonder-filled thing.

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  1. Marta says:

    I really loved this one, Meg!! It makes me see so clearly how we loose the wonder as years go by. It makes me want to look again with child eyes and rediscover the Beauty and the Life in the tiniest of things. And especially see a leaf that is different from other leaves, with its own special movement. Thank you and thank your little girl!

  2. meg says:

    Hi Marta, I’m so glad you have been inspired to take a closer look at life, but i have to give credit to our dog for this, and will happily pass on a belly scratch :)

  3. Marta says:

    I did wonder about scratching her chin…… : )))

  4. Sonia says:

    The timing of this post was perfect. Our family just lost two sweet dogs in the last few days. My father-in-law lost his beloved Aspen and just this morning my aunt lost a puppy she has been caring for since birth. As sadness descends upon us, your post brought a smile to my face, reminding me that it is all worth it. 

  5. Andrea More says:

    I’m going to talk more to my two doggies from now on! Thank you. 

  6. This is a beautiful post. Many people have dogs and many people love their dogs but not everybody takes the time to think about how they view the world. They are like young children – everything is interesting, everything is exciting and worthy of appreciation. We could learn something from our dogs!

  7. James Milson says:

    Wonderful.  If we all saw the world thru the eyes of a child or a dog, wouldn’t there be a great deal more wonder, magic and merriment!