The last few days I have slowed down...way down. My sinuses have been acting up and I am not 100%. So I guess I will kick back and stop unpacking...for a few hours.
Yesterday, I unpacked a book that my mom gave me when I was home visiting. I guess my dad loved to pour over its pages and I thought I'd share it with you.
It kind of made me feel close to him as I was looking at the famous pictures. I tried to think what he was thinking as I poured over the same pages. I know my parents bought Norman Rockwell plates and they are hanging in their kitchen! He probably loved the plates and saw the book and decided to buy it. The book is second hand.
Rockwell's first cover was for the Saturday Evening Post
I do have a favorite....its not in the book. It's a little boy and girl dressed up as angels with crowns. I can't remember where it is, stored somewhere. I had it in a frame hanging on a wall. A friend sent me a Christmas card with the picture on it and I have saved it all these years.
Crackers in Bed. Oil Painting for advertisement for the Edison Mazda Lamp Works, 1921.
So what does Norman Rockwell have to do with my tablescape????INSPIRATION! I was just sitting here and decided to veg awhile with a cup of coffee, my dad and my thoughts.......
My dad was a Policeman/Detective...
Triple Self Portrait. Oil Painting for Post cover, February 13, 1960.
Did you know that Norman Rockwell executed his first commission before he was sixteen, illustrated his first book when he was seventeen (Tell Me Why Stories), became director of Boys' Life at nineteen, and reached the pinnacle of his profession by doing the cover of the Saturday Evening Post! It appeared on May 20th 1916.
I wonder how many times my dad looked at the pictures in this book. I wonder if they were special to him because it brought back childhood memories. I wonder if he saw himself in the paintings. I just wonder.......
In one of the pages, he had stuck his business card. The picture was titled "Girl looking in the Mirror". I thought of my aunt right away, his only sister......Elaine. The young girl in the picture sort of made me think of her. I wonder if that's why he like that picture. Did he remember her sitting in front of a mirror.... Memories......
Post cover; March 6, 1954.
It doesn't matter why he liked the coffee table book...I keep it close to my heart to remember what he did in his moments alone. As I sip my coffee I wonder if I am thinking and doing the same thing he did. Reminiscing.......
Somehow it comforts me to think of my dad looking through a book on a cold winters afternoon........drinking coffee or relaxing in his room.
I guess this is in remembrance of Norman Rockwell whose paintings show life as it really was and my dad who lived life to the fullest. I miss sitting down and having coffee and cake with my dad.......so today I did....even if its only in spirit!
Paying Bills, Literary Digest cover, February 26, 1921.
Silver Tea pot - Rogers.....Goodwill.
Blue dessert plate - Hand Painted made in Japan.....Goodwill.
Roses - my backyard.
Blessings My Friends,