Don’t read the explanation yet. Just look at the picture for a bit.
This is the first Norman Rockwell painting that’s ever made me tear up a bit. It’s sentimental, yes, but there’s a brutal honesty there, despite the smile.
Back to Civvies, Norman Rockwell, The Saturday Evening Post, December 15, 1945
Back to Civvies shows a World War II Flying Fortress pilot in the bedroom where he grew up. Rockwell chose props that say a lot about the flyer’s life both before and after he went to war. Even his name—-Lt. A. H. Becktoft—-is on the duffel bag on the floor. The insignia on the uniform jacket reveals that he served with distinction. The blue and yellow ribbon with the tiny oak leaf cluster indicates that he received the Air Medal twice.