I too loved, Rockwell and the idealistic America he depicted.
The New England we grew up in was of stay-at-home moms, sandlot baseball, and neighbors who knew you and homemade apple pie.
The cop depicted [RIP] probably knew you *and* your parents.
The America we have evolved into, is one that has cops padding their retirement, children being snatched from their homes and families desperate to cling to the *American Dream*, that is broken at every turn.
Yes, I'm angry, skeptical, jaded and disappointed. "I painted the way I would like life to be." ~N. Rockwell.
I can hope and dream. I miss Rockwell's America.
I think one of the hardest elements of getting older is the difference between memories of then and the reality of now.