[NORMAN ROCKWELL CHARACTER] This painting is from 1947. I made this painting to be a little like a movie with the middle cut out. What’s left is: The beginning, on the top and the end, on the bottom.
[NORMAN ROCKWELL CHARACTER] It’s called “Going and Coming.” You get to fill in the rest of what happened in between.
Start up on the top. Where do you think this family’s going? Must be somewhere exciting, ‘cause that kid is hanging out the window as far as the dog is. They’ve got a rowboat on top of the car, so that gives you a clue. Can you read upside down to see the name of the boat?
Now, go to the bottom. Coming back things are a little different. Old Dad, up front driving, looks pooped. Mom has conked out, and the kids–well, they look like they’ve been busy. Look at the car door handles. I don’t know if you’ve ever done this, but when folks used to come home from swimming, they’d hang their wet bathing suits outside the car, like this family. You had to make sure you tied them on tight, though.
So–who do you think had the best time? Who had the worst time? And who looks exactly the same going and coming?