Saturday Stuff

Hmmm… what’s on my mind and agenda for today?

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way,
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.

For those not familiar with anything Hobbitish or from the Lord of the Rings, that’s a poem by JRR Tolkien- Bilbo Baggins more specifically, from the LOTR when he is leaving the Shire for ‘another adventure’ to Rivendell- The Last Homely House.

When I was younger I used to love just going for drives. It didn’t matter where I ended up, I enjoyed a sense of freedom and just being able to enjoy an ‘adventure’ without worrying what was along the way or thinking about life when I had to head back home.

I get restless a lot, about as much as I used to, but having responsibilities and things needing done, I haven’t had a chance to just go- not even for one of my notorious day trips.  I always tell myself, some day, I’ll just get in the car and go.

Some day always seems so far away.

Maybe that’s why  I like to get lost in Middle Earth because it takes me right along the road with the company, no matter what lies ahead.

There’s something said about life’s journey that can be described in a road trip, and I think that’s another reason why I appreciate Bilbo’s (Tolkien’s) words about the road going ever on.  After a long while on it, it can tend to get wearisome and you tend to look forward to that last homely home place where you know you’ll be welcomed with a song, smile, and stories of fellow travelers.

The Road goes ever on and on
Out from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
Let others follow it who can!
Let them a journey new begin,
But I at last with weary feet
Will turn towards the lighted inn,
My evening-rest and sleep to meet.

I don’t know how many road trips are in my future, but hopefully there will be at least a few more.

But for now, maybe this weekend is my time for another annual LOTR fest.

I hope everyone has a blessed and safe day whatever they do or wherever they are.  Happy Saturday all!

Consider our porch the last homely house- where you’re welcomed with a smile, stories, encouragement and songs….

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