Last March I tried to answer the burning question Why Fork in the Road?
I’m having a mountain of technical difficulties tonight, so I’m going to try to re-post this for those of you who are new to Fork since then. If the video doesn’t come through, I apologize. We’ve ordered a new internet card, so hope to have better connectivity soon! No longer have the Class A and the Jeep but rest still fits. 😀
Two roads diverged in a wood and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. ~Robert Frost
That was the concept behind the name of the blog. Did we chose a road less traveled by? Well, judging from the double takes we get 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 a road less traveled? 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 like 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 (quote him). I recommend pleasant.
The often forgotten portion of Frost’s 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.