Robert Brandenburg "Freedom from Stress" Print
giclee print on fine art paper
12 x 16 inches
signed & numbered edition of 50
This is a reproduction of a famous Norman Rockwell painting "Freedom from Want"...from his "Four Freedoms" series. Typically Rockwell, it depicts an idealized scene of Americana. The family get together at Thanksgiving is about as American...and Rockwell...as you can get. But it just doesn't quite resonate with me; experience suggests that the happy family is going to need a little more than turkey to keep things running smoothly for the rest of the day.
I have to admit, a hefty Butterball turkey, perfectly basted to a golden brown, can have a soothing effect upon the diners. But then the magic wears off...and the whole crew is still packed into the grandparents' house; when the tryptophan level drops, tensions rise.
I think I found just the glue to keep the gang mellow - now it's a holiday! Granny serves up the fixins...a variety of goodies for every family member's tastes. What will Donny choose...and sister Becky? A squealing kid put his hand on the hot stove, gramps sneezes onto the bird, the pecan pie runs out before you got any?...no sweat; it's all good my friend. Say, is the football game on?