Cupcake and Party Hat, collage/acrylic, 6 x 6
Elizabeth W. Seaver
Witherspoon didn't like to go to family parties, but he felt obligated to attend his niece's christening. She was pretty cute, and at 7 inches long, hers was the biggest egg ever incubated in O'ville. The newspaper was covering it. His sister deserved a party, after all she sat on the nest all day for six weeks. And their Mama Hen kept reminding him that his arrogant brother-in-law warmed the nest all night, so Witherspoon ought to give him some credit. Witherspoon reserved judgment for the moment on Roger, and he kept this thought to himself, too: it would be a cold day on the veldt before HE sat on a nest!
Sure enough, obnoxious Aunt Poppy sprang out from behind every bush to take "candid" photos with her phone. Everyone tolerated her because she made the best cupcakes, but then she spent all night posting her mug shots on Facebook. By Monday morning, Witherspoon's friends had found his dorky photo, and it went viral at Byrd High. Someone even found a way to print a Wanted Poster of him in the library: Would you vote for this guy for Prom King?
Yes, Witherspoon viewed family as a very mixed bag of blessings--on the one hand, cake, and on the other, social death.
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Don't forget that Witherspoon, Millie and seventeen of their friends are still available for purchase in the McGuire-Woods Gallery in Building 16 at The Workhouse in Lorton, VA. I happen to know they take credit cards over the phone! I have other work in the Vulcan Gallery on the first floor of the same building. If you live in the area and haven't visited the vast art complex there, do it. Get involved there. Classes, date nights, art openings, a gift shop, all kinds of fee events, plus reasonably priced ticketed ones, like plays and comedy shows are all available to make life more fun (and shopping a whole other experience!) It is also a great space for parties and events. Check it out, you'll be amazed.