coming and going

Coming and going to my cycling class in a nearby industrial park, I spotted this scene.

A rough hewn picnic table with a bright red umbrella and a matching red ash tray.

I stopped short, with two competing thoughts.

First, why was I headed inside to pedal a stationary bicycle in a dark room when I could just have easily chosen to take a bike ride outside along the river path?

And

Second, when was the last time I dropped everything and sat at a picnic table to eat lunch or take a break?

Perhaps this is why the photograph is more powerful than ever . . . it helps us to tackle issues of identity, loss, presence, pain, and knowledge.

It’s hard to deny that which can be plainly seen.

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