The New Yorker Oak Parker

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By Ken Trainor

Staff writer

Chris Ware's New Yorker magazine covers are threatening to turn him into this generation's Norman Rockwell. His latest focused on Mother's Day, depicting a couple of moms sharing a Happy Mother's Day card in the kitchen, while their three kids peek from the stairway. It certainly looks like an Oak Park setting, and Ware's accompanying commentary addresses the issue of same-sex marriage, which also hits close to home.

"Few people today don't know — or have in their families — at least one loving couple who are raising children, same-sex or not. And it's really just the loving part that matters. That same-sex marriage could go from its preliminary draft of 'diagnosable' to the final draft of 'so what?' must indicate some positive evolution on the part of the larger human consciousness. My wife, being a biology teacher, puts it even more succinctly: 'Why are all these people so worried about who everybody is sleeping with, anyway?' … So, a final draft: Happy Mother's Day, moms. We are grateful to, and love, you all."

We'll second that motion.


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