Two Roads Diverged

forestpathChange 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 Frost
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.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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