Monday, November 19, 2012

Freedom from Want

Freedom from Want ~Norman Rockwell
I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving this week. 

I've always loved this Norman Rockwell painting. Freedom from Want. Look at those faces! I love it. A typical family with a typical thanksgiving meal, but they look so happy just to be together. 

Norman Rockwell painted a whole series of Freedom paintings: Freedom from Fear, Freedom of Worship... They're stunning. 

Sometimes we get so caught up in the little things, our pet-peeves and our grievances, that we overlook the big picture--our innumerable blessings.

So here's me hoping we all can find gratitude in our hearts this season to forgive someone we feel has wronged us, to smile and let go of any bitterness we may be harboring, and to dwell on the good in our lives. 


“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relatives.” 

“I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land.” 

“Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.” 

"Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” 


  1. Julie, I tagged you in U Got The Look. See my blog for details. And Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Love the pictures. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!

  3. I love this, Julie! Thanks for the reminder of how important forgiving is - - for our own happiness and for others as well! Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Great picture and a great message. Something I've been struggling with this year!

  5. Oh Oscar Wilde. Always love that man's quotes. And what a great thing for me to remember this year!