Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Rockwellian We Ain't

The classic Normal Rockwell idea of a family gathering for Thanksgiving seems to be the standard that most people are measuring their holidays against. So this has led to countless blogs and articles and TV shows about how to have a stressless holiday. No one feels they can ever have a family as happy as this classic and beloved picture.

I am looking at that painting full of laughing and loving faces and seeing that they are just people and people have stuff. Wouldn't it be funny to know the thoughts behind those smiles? 

The guy looking at the "camera?" is wondering why his smile is being cut out. The grandma is probably mad at grandpa for not helping peel potatoes and just standing there staring at the bird. The dark haired woman is telling a joke about how awful Grandma's peas always are. The guy on the far left corner with the sleezy smile is probably thinking something sleezy of course. The hooked nose guy in the lower left corner is being shunned and he doesn't even know it. And the white haired lady on the right is wondering who all these people are. 

How about a family picture that is totally real and honest. No pretending to have it all together. Kind of like THIS...............

My totally "normal" family a few years ago. (You are welcome family.) The cousins
with Grandma & Grandpa.
Happy Thanksgiving friends!


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9 comments:

  1. So funny Susie, I will never look at that picture again without thinking of you. And as I am looking at your "normal family picture" I am wondering what your dad is thinking and then what your mom was thinking. LOL Have a great Thanksgiving surrounded by those you love.

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    1. Thank you Linda, Hey who do you think started this weird family? Have a wonderful holiday!

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  2. Well, yes; not Rockwellian. But, better Rockwellian than Orwellian, and conversing in "newspeak."

    Bear is gone for the winter. Blessings and Bear hugs.

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    1. True, true. Blessings to you too Rob Bear, stay cozy!

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  3. Happy Thanksgiving, Susie- love the picture!

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  4. So, you are saying that not all American families are like EXACTLY like Rockwell painted? We Brits thought you were all like that all the time! :)

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  5. I always knew that Normal Rockwell stuff just went on the wall and had nothing to do with reality. Great looking family. Anybody with a rubber chicken is ok in my book!

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  6. Yep, that's just how I imagined your family would be! Ha Ha Ha !!! That's why I like you so much! You are crazy normal just like us. I just don't like it to be put on the web for all the world to see and then KNOW just how crazy normal we are. I like to keep them guessing....! LOL. Happy Thanksgiving from one crazy house to another!

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