My Grandma Berry (who lives in Montana now) always encouraged us to read. I remember sitting at her house and reading EVERYTHING that was around. She helped me to learn how to read from Reading Primers. These were OLD and wonderful. I was very much into all things Victorian/Anne of Green Gables and these books mixed with sitting on my Grandma's swing in her yard set me on the shores of Avonlea with Anne, Diana & Gilbert.
When I was a little older and I had my choice of what to read, I was often drawn to The Saturday Evening Post. I know, that's a magazine for old people, right? No! I loved looking through and of course, carefully soaking up the Norman Rockwell illustrations. Today Google gave a nod to Mr. Rockwell (for his birthday) with their logo turned sweetly into his painting "Little Spooners". It's a perfect fit. When I saw it, I instantly thought of my Grandma Berry. I think that those days spent looking at Rockwell paintings were somewhat of my springboard into appreciating art.
Here's one of my favorite Rockwell paintings:
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My Uncle Artie and Aunt America (Yep, that is her real name! :)) had a copy of it at their house and I always enjoyed it. It made me laugh and it still does.
There are so many "funny" Rockwell paintings, but here is a powerful painting ("The Problem We All Live With") that was fantastic and still is. Look at the detail and words scribbled on the wall. Rockwell was not only a "comfort and All-American" painter, but a painter that made us look at ourselves and the America we should be.
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Does anyone else my age appreciate Norman Rockwell? Let me know if you have a favorite.