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Saturday, July 11, 2020

A round oak table

"Stability," 5 x 7 watercolor, 140 lb Fabriano Artistico extra white cold press paper
Nothing symbolizes family and stability and kindness and love for me like a round oak table. 
They are the exact opposites of American life in these days of crazy pandemics viruses of COVID, racism, hatred and political chaos.
I obviously have many memories of sitting around such a table, where the entire fam says grace, dines, or plays games, or reads,  or works, or gathers just because, and where friends are welcome guests--there's a unity not disrupted by people's egos or prejudices. 
Today's WorldWatercolorMonth by Doodlewash  prompt was "Round," and it stumped me for a little, until I walked through the house and saw our round oak table.
Most round oak tables are solid, antique pieces of furniture that anchor a room, a family--a magnet of refuge from a busy, worrisome world. 
Wouldn't the entire country be better if we could just get everyone to sit down at a round oak table?

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