2921 - The Rocker

2921 - The Rocker
Peggy Trickler
Henderson, NC   USA

Width: 9"   Length: 9"

Materials/Techniques: Cotton fabrics; machine quilting.

Artist's Statement: He spends his days now on the porch of his son's home in an old grey rocker, watching life going by on the barely paved road in front of him. He waves and smiles at passersby as if he knew each one intimately, at times becoming more exuberant in his gestures, hardly containing himself in his excitement. Sometimes, he is silent. Sometimes, he calls out that he will "catch them later." Sometimes they seem to return his wave and he smiles. Sometimes, they ignore his welcome and he appears hurt by their slight. I sit by the man in silence. I see no passersby. There have been none for hours. I watch as he greets old friends that visit only in his mind and wonder whom he sees. Is there a grand parade of friends and family on their journey to a higher destination? Do they see him and stop to wave as he says they do? What does he mean by "catch you later?" "Does he know that he'll be joining them soon? We both sit, lost in our thoughts, with tears in our eyes. He in the past. Me in the present. Both feeling a great loss over where we have found ourselves and each other. I wish I could join him on his journey, but I dread the possibility that one day I might.
Peggy Trickler

Dedication: For my uncle and the joy he has brought to my life.

This quilt is displayed with a picture hook.

This quilt earned $40.00 for the AAQI.