Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A Gardening Merit Badge

So Much Concern, painted 1975, Norman Rockwell

The Boy Scouts were founded in 1910, when Norman Rockwell was 16 years old. Two years later he walked out of the offices of Boys Life magazine with a commission and what would become a 60-year relationship with the Scouts that included hundreds of paintings.

He said he loved painting the Scouts during "the time America believed in itself."

Happy Birthday Norman! With any luck, America will believe in itself again.

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