The Road goes ever on and on
Out from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
Let others follow it who can!
Let them a journey new begin,
But I at last with weary feet
Will turn towards the lighted inn,
My evening-rest and sleep to meet. – J.R.R. Tolkien
I am making the turn toward the lighted inn. Like my dear friend Bilbo I will have more adventures along the way. Hopefully there will be few dragons and Orcs in my path but I know that both joy and trouble await me. I come to the moment in a far different life than I imagined even a fortnight of years ago.
Some of the things past are wonderful memories. Some of them are things I cannot wait to have erased from my memory. I am attempting to realize some of the memories I wish to have later on and accomplish some things the matter long beyond the end of my time.
I have been thinking a great deal about friends along the road. There are people I miss greatly. More so there are friends I cherish that I do not get to see as often as I wish. There are places I miss as well but most of those are from my youth. I see great beauty still in the world even though with every passing decade the world seems tired, weary.
I fear for the disillusionment of my children’s generation. There is a loss of innocence there that troubles me greatly. At a young age they know too much of loss and pain. For my own children that is partly my fault and I am working to mend what I can. For the world I fear that our acceptance of things that harm the young causes them to mistrust us as a generation.
So as I grow nearer the inn, I will draw out my pipe, fill the bowl with some Longbottm leaf, and pull my cloak more snugly around me. Perhaps there will be more time for storytelling, baseball, and a find snifter of Grand Marne. I hope there is room for me at the inn. We shall see.
Wishing you joy in the journey,
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a home owner. He brings new and old things out of his treasure store."