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Frost and Fork (continued as assigned)

Two roads diverged in a wood and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. ~Robert Frost

Heidi passed this post to me, but I’m not sure what question I’m supposed to answer? If the question is Did we chose a road less traveled by?  Well, judging from the double takes when folks see a woman driving a Motorhome, towing a Jeep, the answer must be Yes. This is pretty funny since driving a Class A is so easy. If you want a driving challenge, drive carpool in a mini-van.

If the question is Why? then the answer is I have absolutely no idea. I’ve always thought of myself as blandly conventional, so I’m possibly the most surprised by a less traveled path.

I think my best answer to either question comes from one of  my favorite philosophers, Elwood P Dowd.

My very favorite movie is Harvey.

I love Jimmy Stewart who plays Elwood P Dowd.

I love his best friend, a 6 foot 3 1/2 inch Pooka named Harvey.

And I love his life philosophies:

Well, I’ve wrestled with reality for 35 years, Doctor, and I’m happy to state I finally won out over it.


Years ago, my mother used to say to me, she’d say “In this world, Elwood, you can be oh so so smart, or oh so pleasant.” Well, for years I was smart… I recommend pleasant. You may quote me.

And I do, often. I recommend pleasant.

As Heidi pointed out yesterday, the forgotten portion of the poem is: though as for that, the passing there had worn them really about the same.

I especially like that part. We may have more in common than you think: me here in  Texas, writing at 2 in the morning, in an RV, guarding a gate at an oil rig; and you, wherever you are, reading this right now.

At heart, most of us are just looking for ways to love and live and celebrate the joys of the every day. We do it in different places and in different ways, but the path of tenderness and compassion and treating others with kind regard wears well, wherever, whatever your journey.

I always have a wonderful time, wherever I am, whomever I’m with. ~Elwood P. Dowd.


7 thoughts on “Frost and Fork (continued as assigned)

  1. debbie, harvey is one of tracy’s most favorite movies. i am so antsy i don’t think i have watched it all the way through. i am sitting for kt this evening. she has that fancy thing on her t.v. where you can order netflix. i think it will be harvey.
    you and heidi both are excellent writers. and both so intelligent.
    i have been thinking quite a bit lately about the direction of my life. i hope that whatever direction i take i can take it for the right reasons, and not second guess myself. love to both of you, and watch out for rattlesnakes!

    • Harvey is like Alice in Wonderland, minus the psychedelic drugs etc… There’s a sweet, slightly sad message tucked in under the humor. If you make it all the way through, I think you might really enjoy it, Gaye. While Heidi draws on her intellect, I pretty much just go with verve and nerve when I write. 😀 Tonight I’m working on a musical tribute to Texas …

  2. Debbie you are always compassionate and kind. It’s quite the journey and I’m glad you took the challenge (both the blog and the trip!)

    • Believe me, we do our share of eating and traveling. Debbie is sleeping. I’m sure she’ll reply when she wakes. Nice to see that you stopped by! Come back.

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