Short Cuts Aren’t

The Road Less Wisely Travelled

Some people consider our road a short cut. Yes, as the crow flies it is a shorter distance from Rt-302 to Rt-25 but between having to slow down, sharp corners, intense up hill climbs, steep down drops and the damage the pot holes will do to your vehicle our road is really not a short cut.

Especially in bad weather it is far better to stick with the main roads and avoid the path less travelled. A single accident will make up for any minutes saved over the course of a lifetime of taking short cuts. Stick to the highways during snow storms and save the scenic route for the nice weather when you can really enjoy it.

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.

Outdoors: 24°F/5°F 2″ Snow
Tiny Cottage: 62°F/59°F

Daily Spark: The sum of all our decisions is what turns the plenitude of possible futures into the line of history at the singularity of the present.

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6 Responses to Short Cuts Aren’t

  1. Ed says:

    Nice post and great points. I love that poem. Frost was a New England gentleman poet.

    I know you have some big pigs but looking at those rocks in the front of your header those are huge! They make your pigs look small.

  2. johnl says:

    Hi Walter, Holly and family. We’re getting a taste of your weather here in Ireland at present. Lots of snow. We can’t cope!! I’m dreaming of a green Christmas, just like the ones we used to know. Have a lovely Christmas and thanks for providing us with so much entertainment and anformation throughout the year.

  3. Eileen Matthai says:

    Walter, I’ve always enjoyed that poem, it brings back fond memories of choir in high school, was one of my favorite songs we sang in A Capella group. Hope you and yours had a wonderful Christmas!

  4. Eric Hagen says:

    I didn’t realize the irony of that poem until fairly recently, but it makes it that much better. A comment on the desire to give meaning to our choices when often another would have been just as good or indistinguishable. It fits in nicely with your spark. Many different possible lines in history could be interpreted as meaningful, but we can only live one. I’d guess that you’re more well versed in Frost than I am, but Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening is one of my favorites.

  5. Farmerbob1 says:

    “our road is really is not a short cut.”

    Looks like an extra ‘is’ moved in and took up residence, Walter!

    And I have to agree, sometimes shortcuts aren’t. I spent enough time doing on the road service and delivery work to attest to that. Better to stick to highways and interstates when in rural areas, for sure.

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