POTD: The Road Goes Ever On

With all the pandemic safety measures people are growing restless, cooped up after the long months of minimizing social contact. Most of us are either getting too much family time or not enough and it’s beginning to show. We are social creatures after all, craving variety in our communication and in the company we keep. It’s times like these that people tend to comfort one another by using phrases like “keep calm and carry on” and “chin up.” Some days the best you can do is keep going. Whenever I have one of those days I recall Bilbo Baggins’ soft humming tune as he set out for the last time from Bag End and the Shire.  

The Road goes ever on and on

Down from the door where it began.

Now far ahead the Road has gone,

And I must follow, if I can,

Pursuing it with eager feet,

Until it joins some larger way

Where many paths and errands meet.

And whither then? I cannot say.

– JRR Tolkien


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