The best way

I've never walked this path, so I have no idea where it goes. Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, photographed November 2004

I’ve never walked this particular path, so I have no idea where it goes.
Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, photographed November 2004

He says the best way out is always through.
And I agree to that, or in so far
As that I can see no way out but through—
Leastways for me…

…Bless you, of course, you’re keeping me from work,
But the thing of it is, I need to be kept.
There’s work enough to do—there’s always that;
But behind’s behind. The worst that you can do
Is set me back a little more behind.
I sha’n’t catch up in this world, anyway.
I’d rather you’d not go unless you must.

Robert Frost

Today’s post is dedicated, with sincere appreciation and gratitude, to all who read this blog and share this uncertain path with us.  Your presence, comments, prayers and good wishes are a continual source of encouragement.

One year ago today:

Obstacles or gateways?

This post was first published seven years ago today. The original post, comments and photo are linked, along with two other related posts, below. These links to related posts, and their thumbnail photos, do not appear in the blog feed; they are only visible when viewing the individual posts by clicking on each one. I have no idea why, nor do I know how they choose the related posts. That’s just the way WordPress does things.


  1. Good morning, Julia!
    I followed the Robert Frost link to read the entire poem. It’s interesting, the insight for feeling he communicates. I wonder if it’s from compassion or just imagination?
    Somehow, I feel just that way this morning, and I wonder whether I already did feel this way, or whether he convinced me to, from the poem?
    I’m also feeling too tired to care … which makes me wonder the same thing.
    Ha! Thanks for the mental / emotional gymnastics this morning!
    I hope your day sees more delight!

    • Susan, Frost is one of my favorite poets. However, I have never thought of him as particularly compassionate; he could be quite harsh, for example, in his criticism of other poets. In my recent Oxford poetry classes (online) we have spent a good bit of time on Frost and his work. Love him or not, he’s an undisputed master of the art, and you’re picking up on some of that. Try looking up “Choose Something Like a Star” which is one of my favorites of his work, but not one of the best known.

  2. Sheila

    Good Saturday morning, Julia and Matt. I hope all is well with two of my favorite friends, across the miles. So, Bill continues to recover from his back surgery in March, which means I keep a close eye on him and his activity level! We are planning for granddaughter Grayson’s April wedding and actually have the bridal shower this afternoon. Although postponed for a year, because of Covid, we are thankful for this soon to be special occasion! I hope you’re enjoying your new group of friends, as well as those golden friendships you surely have. I think of you daily and know we’re on the Verandah always✝️💜

    • Hi Sheila, hope that Bill continues to recover, and that Grayson’s wedding went well! So much is going on with us too. We need to catch up sometime. ❤

  3. Mary Ellen Davis

    I hope things went well for you yesterday, Julia. Keep on going.

    • Thank you, Mary Ellen! As you know, the secret seems to be summed up neatly in just those three words…”Keep on going.” Thanks for being here!

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