Taking a Less-Traveled Road

     Lately, I’ve been pondering weighty matters of the heart such as ‘milestone’ birthdays—my 70th was on June 3rd—and the graduations from college and high school of my first three grandbabies.

     During my musings, a poem I like a lot keeps coming to mind. The Road Not Traveled by Robert Frost is a poem about decision making.

     Making prudent decisions is not only critical, but it’s also tricky. We cannot see what lies in our futures, which is one of the big reasons my trust in a God who does see grows in importance with each new sunrise and sunset.

     One decision I think is very important for every one of us to make is the decision to take a break from every day, mundane responsibilities. Sometimes the best road to not travel is the one at home we travel daily. Choosing to “get out of Dodge” for a season and go on vacation is a good decision.

     This belief is why I was excited when I learned Stephen, the great guy who manages the Listening on the Journey… blog posts for me, is going to take a vacation to Hawaii, a beautiful place where God shows off creation big time!

     Stephen told me he’d have his laptop with him and would keep posting blogs even when he’s away, and I thought, “No way do I want him to do that!” So, I decided to suspend posts until July 6th.

     Aloha! Enjoy your time away, Stephen.

     And, Aloha blessings to each Listening on the Journey… reader as you enjoy the beauty of summer. I hope you’ll be able to get away and take a road not routinely traveled during these sunshiny months!

Sue Reeve

The Road Not Taken[1]

Robert Frost, 1874 – 1963

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.

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Fragile Days Fly by..

     On Saturday, June 17th, we attended our final 2017 grandkid graduation. Again, we joined a host of proud parents and grandparents and cheered as our second granddaughter, Mackenzie Kathryn, received her diploma from University of California Santa Cruz.

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     Whew! In the past month, we’ve added around 5,000 miles to our Subaru’s odometer. We’ve flown more than 1,500 miles. We’ve slept in 9 different beds. Quite literally, Ron and I have wondered at times whether we’re coming or going. But, we didn’t want to miss out on one of these momentous events. We are so very proud of our three grandkids. And, more than once during this past month, we’ve talked about how grateful we are for their parents, Angie and Jon, who’ve invested time, love and resources into their three great kids, now mostly grown up.

     I’ve always thought of Mackenzie (sweetly called ‘My-kenzie’ by her younger cousin) as my miracle-turkey granddaughter since she was born on Thanksgiving Day following a long, and at times, scary, birth process.

     Mackenzie is not only lovely, as her photo confirms, but she’s also a smart, hardworking young woman. We have no doubt when Kenz sets her sights on a goal, it will happen.

     As I did with her older sister, Sydney, I’m giving my granddaughter the gift of words as part of her college graduation gift—words I hope and pray will define her adult life. I know she’ll especially love that G’Pa Ron built a frame to showcase the words.

Times like those we’ve enjoyed this past month evoke a plethora of wistful realizations.

     Years certainly do fly by! Oh, my how they do…

          Life is fragile and can change in the blink of an eye. Don’t forget to handle each day with care!

               Every decision I make holds the potential for reward or regret!

                    Memorable moments outlast busy days!

                         God is good; God’s love endures; God’s faithfulness continues through all generations. (Psalm 100:5)

As always, I hope my reflections will ignite Listening on the Journey… readers’ own precious thoughts and reflections…

Sue Reeve

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Flag Day

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June 14th is Flag Day in the United States. Ron and I spent Flag Day this year on Santa Catalina Island, off the coast of California. I suspect photos from this special day, a belated anniversary getaway, will follow soon. What a privilege it is to live in a nation where we are free to travel and experience the beauty of the wonderful land this flag represents.