Change consumes me this week. My two sons stand at a crossroad. The youngest is off to university life thousands of miles from home; from California to Virginia, worlds apart.
My oldest is off to the midwest in search of gold and self.
Each stands at the “two roads diverged in a wood” as Robert Frost writes in his famous poem, The Road Not Taken.
I interpret this poem to be one of reflection and possible regret later in life for decisions made when younger … decisions to how and when to step into the unknown. Indeed our decision for a set path on well-worn roads, or to travel on lightly travelled roads sets us apart.
For each of us, a time will come for deeper reflection on life and possible regret on decisions made. My boys force this on me now and I find myself staring deeply into the reflecting pool reviewing my life, my choice of road into the wood.
Back to the here and now … my boys step forward and I watch them walk away, alas two diverging paths into the wood. I bid them well. Indeed, may their choice of path make all the difference.
The Road Not Taken
By Robert FrostTwo roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel bothAnd be one traveler, long I stoodAnd looked down one as far as I couldTo 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 thereHad worn them really about the same,And both that morning equally layIn 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 sighSomewhere 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.
Another wonderful one brother dear. It brought tears to my eyes visioning them both on there new paths of life. I bid them farewell and all the luck.
Very cool. I try not to regret my past decisions. I know they weren’t all that great at times. I just try to not make bad decisions today. That’s all I can do.