New Wheels for the Road
July 13, 2013 5 Comments
It’s obvious I’m entering a new stage in my life journey, with two books scheduled for publication this fall. But, I still enjoy the opportunity for taking wrong turns and studying maps to figure out the “You Are Here” location. I plan to teach my grandchildren the fine art of cartography someday. (Ed will want them to read aeronautical charts.) I do feel GPS technology is awesome, for following directions from Point A to Point B, but it reminds me of Pavlov’s dogs every time there’s a ding-ding to turn here… Yes, I’d rather be considered a ding-a-ling than be conditioned to respond appropriately at the sound of a bell.
It’s taken a month of wandering car lots, taking test drives, and convincing salesmen we weren’t buying yet, to settle on a new car. Our main criteria was comfort and dependability while having grandchildren with us for an adventure.
It amuses me to consider all the roads I’ve wandered down to arrive at this point of driving a rather ordinary sedan. It was fun to be the wild red-head in a flashy black sport car but now I prefer taking the bumps on the road in a comfy cloud, with silver lines.
And while the poet Robert Frost is a bit soft and quiet to relate to me, the following poem is more ME than being conditioned to respond as expected.
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.