Thursday, June 30, 2011
I love Rockwell. There's a restaurant in Stony Brook that uses a Rockwell motif. I love this painting- the excitement of the son and the sadness of the father. You can imagine what the father is thinking; remembering all of the love and joy his son has brought him, and wondering what his life will be like when his child no longer lives with the family.
My wife and I have had a couple of kids go to college, and we have a couple of more to go. We know how the father feels, and how the son feels as well. Our experience has been that they come home soon and often, and that the feeling that the family is missing someone fades. The wired world really does shrink distances. We talk with our daughter at college daily.
Our family just seems bigger- friends, college roommates and girlfriends and boyfriends. It's not as bad as we feared. It even brings new joys.
Another interpretation of the father's gloom is that maybe he's thinking about the cost of tuition...