A Handmade Table Runner

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While ripping off Sophie’s latest easel painting in order to pull down some fresh paper, my mom suggested using it as a table runner. It’s perfect. The table is a cheap Ikea pine number with deep scratches on it (Tucker). The painting covers much of the surface nicely and serves as a fun conversation piece.

“Sophie, what’s that?” (pointing to a scribble).

“A flower.”

“And what’s that?” (pointing to a nearly identical scribble).

“A rainbow.”

“And that?” (pointing to yet another scribble).

“A kookalock.”

“The dinner table is the center for the teaching and practicing not just of table manners but of conversation, consideration, tolerance, family feeling and just about all the other accomplishments of polite society except the minuet.” —Judith Martin