Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Scrap That Poetry Challenge # 5- The Road Not Taken

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.

The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost (1915)

As a parent (and I think especially as a women who has made a choice to be a stay-at-home mom) often times neck deep in toddler tears, drama, diapers, tantrums... I often think of the road not taken... that college degree that is hiding deep in that vast closet of my life... the point at which I stood and looked down a road as far as I could and then left it, knowing there would be no return. I naturally wonder at times about that road the I could have easily traveled... but I am so thankful that I took the grassy one, less traveled by (the one that I never thought I'd take as a 20 something, ambitious and eager women). That road has made all of the difference in my life... and this layout reminds me how beautiful it is...

This poem evokes much thought and emotion for me, but it mostly makes me grateful for the road that I'm on and for the people who are on it with me. What kind of reaction does Frost's poem arouse in you? I challenge you to document that reaction on a scrapbook page. If you are up for giving it a try, join us over at Scrap That Poetry and share your layout with others who are doing the same. I hope to see you there;)

Take care & thanks for your time spent here today!

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Jane F. Smith said...

Windy...I love your LO!!! such a great photo to!!!

Dana Tatar said...

Fabulous photos! Great mix of paper as well.

Jessica Wilson said...

That is an absolutely gorgeous layout and I LOVE the photo even more!!! Great job...this is my fave from you so far!! Love, Jess