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Another Fork In The Road

It turns out that the poem by Robert Frost that was the original inspiration for the name of this blog is a bit of a mystery.



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 Iā€”
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.



The only reference that I could find directly attributed to Robert Frost about the poem comes from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference where is it quoted that he said:

One stanza of ‘The Road Not Taken’ was written while I was sitting on a sofa in the middle of England: Was found three or four years later, and I couldn’t bear not to finish it. I wasn’t thinking about myself there, but about a friend who had gone off to war, a person who, whichever road he went, would be sorry he didn’t go the other. He was hard on himself that way.

Frost’s biographer, Laurence Thompson says that, in the end, he finished the poem to poke a bit of fun at his friend, Edward Thomas’ tendency to second guess himself and inability to make up his mind about things.

You’ve likely heard The Road Not Taken, or parts of it, quoted often with many grand themes and schemes attributed to Mr Frost. That’s the funny thing about this little poem. People have taken it so terribly seriously.

That’s just what happened to me this past week. When the edict came down to all those who work for my employer (sorry that I didn’t make that clear before) to adhere to a new NDA (Non Disclosure Agreement), I took myself way too seriously.

Laugh at yourself and at life. Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity, but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease your pain, cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective that seemingly terrible defeat and worry with laughter at your predicaments, thus freeing your mind to think clearly toward the solution that is certain to come. Never take yourself too seriously. ~ Og Mandino

I was in a two-day funk. I’m rarely in a funk at all and never in more than just a momentary funk. It’s been years since I’ve been really funky! I was feeling a lot of something: mad or sad. I’m terrible with negative emotions so I couldn’t decide which, I just knew I felt bad. šŸ˜‰

I had a true bout of tunnel vision. I think I’m over myself now.



I have pages of comments that you’ve written regarding my last two posts which I deeply appreciate. In the spirit of the NDA, I can’t publish anything relating to the company I work for or the industry I work in, so I can’t make those public – but thank you!

There are still many blogs relating to Level II Security Jobs on ranches in Texas written by those working for other companies. If that’s why you read Fork, take a look around. Don’t limit yourself to just one. As I’ve said all along, we all have different styles and experiences and no one has a corner on the truth about the job.

To once again quote the great philosopher, Yogi Berra:

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

I have and I will. I’m going to take a breather and then come back here and take another Fork in the Road and see where it leads.

If you read Fork for reasons other than my job, then let me know where you’d like to go and I’ll see what I can do. The gate is wide open!



50 thoughts on “Another Fork In The Road

  1. So sorry about this turn of events, Debbie. Your blog actually led us to the field we hope to begin this winter with a different company. We learned so much from you. Hope to see you back in my blog list again soon.

    • Marcie and Jim –
      Just now caught your comment – (I missed it while on vacation). Thank you for reading Fork and for keeping in touch. I wish you all the best as you set out on this new adventure! šŸ˜€

  2. I just read “Fork in the Road” because I enjoyed the writing. I had never heard of your particular occupation before stumbling across this particular fork. I’m blessed because of it, though. Regardless of where you take it, I’ll be reading. Blessings, my dear friend!

  3. Debbie you’re right about Andy , he DID work for GGS – but has jumped ship and gone with a new company. He is also keeping his blog and the forum up and running. Read his August 10th post and the conversations by Miss K on the forum. Wonder how many GGS contractors will jump ship. I’ve asked our employer to hold us a gate for Septembe 15th, when Woody gets released from his surgery, in case there’s a flood of gate guards looking for new company.lol

  4. You have always enthralled us with your positive attitude.Ā  You have just reafirmed that,Ā  We look forward to more poems, history, songs and high cotton!!!Ā  YOU GO FOR IT GIRL!!! Mike and Casey


  5. Greetings from Iowa!! Do not let the “Bullies, Braggerts and Backstabbers” get you down! You have a huge gift of love and writing and please continue to share it with us!

    Hugs and love!

    • Oh Sandy – you’re good!
      I loved teaching that class!!!
      Maybe I should take a look at my old notes, do you think?

      Really, I was surprised more than anything – although Heidi would tell you I was moderately grumpy for a couple of days.
      I sure did find out that I still do have moments when I take myself way too seriously.
      It’s just a blog for Pete’s sake…
      We’ve got a bit of a break coming up and then I’m sure I’ll be on to some other kind of rant and rave! šŸ˜€

  6. All good! I’m glad you’re out of your funk. You are allowed funks right? I know they aren’t fun, but sometimes when you have a tender soul and a thinking/WISE mind the answers to our funks need to blow around in the wind before they settle in. Or you could beat yourself happy! Kidding.

    I’m glad you clarified the Do Not Disclose order. Sounds like everyone has to stay mum.

    I’m with Yogi, take the next fork! Take the whOle table setting and go for it! Love, your funky friend Meliss

    • Hello Meliss –
      Yes, sorry I didn’t make that clear the first time around. I didn’t mean to imply they were just targeting me. Even those without blogs received the NDA.
      I’m only special because I got a phone call šŸ˜‰ I have no idea why…
      Anyway, as Forest would say: That’s all I have to say about that!
      The funk was quickly contained before it could spread. šŸ˜€

    • Hey Penny!
      I’m sending people your way since you have, not just permission, but encouragement to blog about the job!
      Hope your connections get a jump start soon!

  7. I’ve been reading your blog for quite a while and I guess it has kept me amused and waiting for the next one to come out, so if you can’t blog about your job or such, blog what’s on your mind. I know you can do it, but please do not get in a funk! You are a great writer and I know you will come up with something. Hang in there!

    • Howdy TGAS!
      Thank you so much for the kind words!
      The blog usually wasn’t all that much about the job anyway so I’ll just continue my ramble about other things. šŸ˜€
      Thank for the encouragement!
      I’m totally un-funky now!

  8. I started reading your blogs — because I admired the “two women” who took the journey in a motorhome now a 5er. Enjoyed all the mishaps along the way. We all know what type of job you have, can quess the location(not important) and thanks to all your pevious posts have seen the great pictures–so what’s left – YOU and your creative writing talent. Don’t waste that. Andy of myoldrv.com can give us blow by blows of GG’ing and the process of getting the oil/gas out of the ground.

    • Hi Mickey!
      Yes, I remember when started reading! You certainly shot my stats up there for days. Very few have been brave enough to go where you’ve gone and read back through the entire blog! šŸ˜€
      I may be mistaken, but since Andy works for the same company that I work for, I believe he may be moving on to other topics as well?
      However, you might try WanderingWendels.com whose gate guard company sees the blogs as great advertising and have given them permission to continue to blog.

  9. Suggest you just relate whatever is on your mind, but nothing political or religious and only when you feel like it. There is no publishing deadline here.

    • Bob –
      After your comment last summer, you were almost single-highhandedly responsible for me starting Two Minutes of Grace!
      It serves me well as a forum to exchange spiritual perspectives and has been both great fun and a place where I’ve made some very dear friends.

      My son is a professor of Political Science . Believe me, I know how much I don’t know and have no interest in turning Fork into a battleground blog. šŸ˜‰

      I’ll just stick with telling stories. It suits me best,

  10. I just knew God and you were going to turn this into something good. šŸ™‚ I am so excited and looking forward to where you go next, at this fork in the road!
    love you lots! the other deb

    • Mike and Casey –
      You guys have been our inspiration since our very first day of Workamping!
      Sure wish we could wrangle a was to be neighbors again! šŸ˜€

  11. Well, Debbie–I got weepy again, but this time it was in tremendous relief, and gratitude to God, the One who rights everything again–especially our boats or RV’s, as we journey left fork, right fork, or fork straight down the middle (a road of our own making, maybe?). I’m so glad you’re out of the funk–and we can all carry on now. God bless you BIG–much love from your sis Caddo (who has a tendency to climb in the funk boat, or choose the funk fork–when I see those dearest to me there)

    • Howdy Caddo!
      It was just brief funk – like a fugue in B minor sans the haunting melody!
      Thanks for helping me switch over to a lilting B major! šŸ˜€

      • Oh, you’re the BEST, Debbie–and I love the music metaphor (but only because of your phrase, “sans the haunting melody”–those are nice words I can relate to, but “music”? I don’t know diddly, can’t carry a tune in a well-made bucket!). So if you say “lilting B major”, I’ll just agree with you!! When I “take up for” (Texan for “loyalty”) I easily fall into the “ye of little faith” mode–it’s pathetic, but my heart was in the right place (on your side) so that has to count for sumpin’, right? love, sis Caddo

        • Hey – you gotta know who I’m going to be calling if anyone ever DOES do me some true injustice, so look out!!!
          I kind of love it that it made you mad for me. That’s so sweet, but, of course, I didn’t mean to let my funk go viral.
          I tried to contain it by reading, watching the Olympics and continuing to knit nothing šŸ™‚ instead of turning on the computer or the phone for about 2 days.
          I just wanted to be certain I didn’t end up with an extra portion of words to swallow. šŸ˜€

          • Oh you’re a smart one, that’s for sure! It’s SO hard for me to keep my mouth shut. Hey, ask our other Debbie how scary I can be if somebody hurts/aggravates “one of mine”–I’m constantly threatening to get on a plane to IL so I can “pound” whoever’s driving her nuts on a given day. Folks have the misapprehension that I’m genteel, and polite–truth is, my loyalty gets the best of my “grace” a lot of times. Oh well, God ain’t finished with me yet…I’m just happy things are smoothing out on the Road for you. God bless you BIG! love, sis Caddo

  12. First of all, good luck to you!! I actually started reading because of your posts on the Oregon coast – and all the great photos there. Then, I got hooked. Bet you have many great stories from other places during your adventures, and the pictures to go with them. Dig. Okay?

    • Hi Mary!
      That Oregon coast is really stunning, isn’t it?
      I’ll get out that long handled hoe we keep for rattlesnakes and see what I can dig up! šŸ˜‰

  13. Nice post Debbie. keep your head up and continue to move on, I am sure you have faced tougher obsticals in your life worst than this. We begin our new adventure next week starting in Whitsett.


    • Hi Nick!
      This was just a small armadillo ( a little Texas speed bump). šŸ˜€
      Best wishes to you as you guys begin your new adventure!
      Keep in touch!
      I’ll be looking forward to hearing what you think of this odd new world!

  14. Today is the anniversary of my grandfather’s death (we call it yahrzeit) it has been 25 years now, the world changed and changed again that day and I took a road less traveled through the aid of unexpected people. I have lived this sober life because the day he died I drank after two and a half years of trying on my own not to….my cousin from far away lead me to a program of recovery; I went from the dark to the light and it has made all the difference.
    I’m glad to see you here on the other side from the darkness of what was visited upon you….I am convinced you are hit no matter what stage you stand on, you are a Star!

    • Hello Sherrie!
      What an amazing story of hope and courage.
      I was mostly just surprised I think.
      You,on the other hand, stood on the precipice and made a life altering decision to survive and thrive! Congratulations on 25 years of sobriety!
      There’s no doubt who the Star is here and it’s YOU!

  15. Well you made my day, again. People who have a true gift for writing should never put down the pen (or the computer). You are a very talented woman with many avenues to explore!! Have a wonderful break and we will see you on the other side!!

    • Jill –
      Without Fork I would never have met you and Mr Adventure and what dear friends you’ve become!
      That makes every moment of writing more than worth it! šŸ˜€

  16. If not for you and others like you that have blogged about this job, we wouldn’t be here. Thank you for all the stories of daily life pre-NDA. It saddened me when we got that notification. Sorry for the ‘funk’ it created but once you’re down, you can only go back up! Guess you could still write in ways that wouldn’t draw key-word attention: G*te G*arding job on Texas O*l Fi*lds. Linking to Wikipedia photos of same! Lol-really though, I’m happy for the old posts and look forward to whatever else springs to your mind that you want to share. Thank you for all of your help along our journey in this unique experience.

    • Darla –
      Very witty! šŸ˜€
      The funk was short lived.
      I think I was more surprised than anything since I’ve been very open with everyone – from our employer to every company we’ve work for about the blog.
      I’ve had CM take pictures for me to post!
      I was happy to write about the job if it was of help.
      I’m equally happy to move on to other things!
      Hope all is well with y’all!

  17. I’ll let Him lead you on the next turn – no matter what you write – it will be encouraging, thought provoking and humorous so I look forward it. Hope you and Heidi have a beautiful week!

  18. Hang in There! You’re a great writer and your humor is what I look forward to in your posts. You can still post about the experiences of a Mid-Westerner in Texas…my favorites…just not mention what you do for a living. šŸ™‚

    Enjoy a break….your inspiration will come. {hugz}

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