“It’s the holiday season of December 1945 in a small
town somewhere in the U.S.,” says artist’s William S. Phillips.
“The celebration is even more special this year because the war
is finally over and the three generations of the family I’ve been
portraying in my previous paintings 'If Only in My Dreams' and 'A
Christmas Leave, When Dreams Come True' are finally reunited for
good.” The son, who has been fighting in the war, walks up the steps
to his grandparents’ home with his fiancée, followed by the loyal
dog that waited for him in "If Only in My Dreams" and rode with
him on his way to propose marriage in "A Christmas Leave." The Beechcraft
Staggerwing in the distance, the classiest of classic planes, found
years of post-war service in civilian transport.