The Woman In The Window

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I saw her most days.

Just sitting and staring out the window.

Her house was on my regular route.

I say regular, but that depends on my mistress.

She doesn’t like me ‘wandering around’ as she calls it, so I only get to sneak out when she is busy. She sits at her desk and writes on most days but sometimes she gets wrapped up in her work and she even forgets to stop and eat. On these days I know I can go for a long walk and most likely I won’t be missed.

The lady in the window is Mrs Norris. I guess there must have been a Mr Norris, but I never saw him.

She seemed sad to me, and I know what sad looks like, but it was more than the way she appeared it was the way she looked, as though she was waiting for someone.

She rarely went outside and on the few occasions that I saw her, she barely noticed me, which is unusual. People want to pat me all the time. They say things like, ‘Aren’t you cute, and who’s a good dog then?” I’m not sure if I’m supposed to answer or not so mostly I just wag my tail.

Old ladies are the worst.

They come out of nowhere and start patting me before I know what is happening.

I’ve got a friend, a white Maltese named Zed and he tells similar stories.

The difference with Zed is he collects little old ladies. He just stands there and looks cute, and the little old ladies sneak up on him and pat him. He lets them come in but on the way out he gives them a nip.

He keeps count.

So far this year he has cleaned up 17 little old ladies, and it’s not August yet. You might think that he gets into trouble, but he doesn’t. His owner says, “Serves you right for patting the dog without asking permission. He’s wearing a bright red lead that says CAUTION. If you can’t be bothered to read the warning, then it serves you right.”

So far no one has complained to anyone and Zed reckons he can hit 30 by the end of the year, especially if the tourist season is a good one.

I took Zed to visit the lady in the window, but I made him promise that he wouldn’t bite. He said that he only bit little old ladies, it was a matter of principle, so she was safe.

Even with a cute white fluffy friend, the lady in the window did not pay us much attention.

She always smiled at me, but that seemed like as much as she could manage.

Once or twice I sat next to her in her garden. We sat there for ages; not saying anything at all. I think she enjoyed my company. I wanted to make her feel a bit better. I don’t know if I succeeded, but I didn’t make her feel any worse and sometimes that is as much as you can ask for.

I went past her house again today, and there she was, in the window, just looking. I wonder if she will find what she is looking for? I wonder if what she is looking for will find her?

I’m only a dog, so I may never find the answers to those questions, but that does not matter. Today is what matters; right here and right now. I’ll do my best to keep an eye on the lady in the window, but in the end, her happiness is up to her, all I can do is be there.

When my mistress lets me, that is.

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10 thoughts on “The Woman In The Window

  1. Two fave lines: “She seemed sad to me and I know what sad looks like…” (true dat–animals have an uncanny sense of human emotional states) and “he collects little old ladies”, especially since you flip it a bit and reveal that his interest is not treacly sweet but slightly sinister. 🙂 I would, however, like to know more about this little set-up. Looking for something else in the ending (not necessarily closure) but just something in those last couple of paragraphs. Do you feel that, too? I love the set-up and you are so good with zinger opening & closing lines… 😀 ! Maybe you don’t have to tie yourself entirely to that enigmatic photo? Just throwing out thoughts–you are completely free to ignore them! 😉 Thanks for sharing with us, Terry!

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    • As always, thank you for the time you take to comment.
      I really needed to write this story. So much so that I left the idea alone for several days. I won’t bore you with where the idea came from, but I wanted to capture the feeling precisely. I didn’t quite get there, and I’m not sure why. I like the story, and it works well, but it is not what I wanted. There is a lot more there and I think I will come back to it another time and try and do it justice. I’m knee deep in a film festival at the moment and trying to write two stories in the moments between films. Life is good.
      Terry

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