Happy Thanksgiving from our home!
The family farm to which my husband and I have retired has hosted many Thanksgiving Dinners! We are the fourth generation to call this farm home, and as a child I sat in the dining room pictured at right many times with my parents and brother Clark and a crowd of aunts, uncles, and cousins, grandparents and friends. This week's post honors all of them and the gatherings of family and friends of all of you who follow this blog.
Among my childhood memories are the days when the Saturday Evening Post came in the mail. My family would await its arrival so that we could discuss Norman Rockwell's cover illustration--and like many families, we discussed every detail. With hindsight, I believe my parents often used his paintings to teach my brother and me important life lessons. Because so much of Thanksgiving is about family, I thought Rockwell's A Family Tree was the perfect cover to share.
Among Rockwell's fans are astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who wrote "His insightful work--often filled with optimism and humor--accurately and affectionally shows America and Americans at their best." Or, Arnold Palmer, "To so many of us, the paintings of Norman Rockwell told the story of everyday America as nobody else ever has." And, Dick Clark: "...he immortalized the simple things in life that mean so much to all of us, as well as some of the major changes that are about to happen in our world." Norman Rockwell said of himself, "I am a story teller."
The image below is part of one of Rockwell's "Four Freedoms." I recently finished reading David McCullough's The American Spirit, Who We Are & What We Stand For. It is a thin book of 15 addresses given by McCullough at graduations and other occasions. On November 22, 2013, he spoke in Dallas, Texas at a ceremony honoring John F. Kennedy, in which he recited several passages from Kennedy's Inaugural Address. One section he quoted seemed to go particularly well with the Rockwell painting, "A Family Tree," and the spirit of Thanksgiving illustrated as one of America's "Four Freedoms".
Kennedy said: "This nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened...The heart of the question is...whether we are going to treat our fellow Americans as we want to be treated."
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! My thanks to the many of you, those I know and those I have never met, who have followed my blog for so very many postings. I am thankful for your support and the encouragement your comments have given me.
A part of one of Rockwell's 4 Freedoms