This is my favorite Rockwell painting. This picture came out as a Post cover the same year I went off to college. I grew up on a farm and went away to college to a big city. As a result I could really identify with the picture. I thought the picture was a little over the top but I certainly understood the message.
Over the top? It is fabulous in every respect.
I really like it. If you have known people like that, as you obviously have, it really resonates.
I brought a Rockwell book into my class of preteens and young teens, and they were fascinated with it.
Some classes are more of a succes than others, and the subjects that catch their attention are always surprising.
I can't decide which Rockwell painting is my favorite, but the one of the boy praying in the restaurant with grandma with red ears has to be in the top ten.
Call me a sentimental softie, but many of Rockwell's paintings - including this one - put a lump in my throat or bring a tear to my eye.