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The Road Not Taken

Several asked asked  several times what I would do after the end of the school year. There is no set plan, but we spent a fair amount of time on the weekend beginning a website and some design of a logo for my next adventure. This is an opportunity to continue with several loves: learning, writing, and try make a difference, albeit a small one in the world. There is no certainty of where it takes us. Unlike the bureaucracies I tangled with my entire adult life, this is an opportunity to, as Robert Frost said, “take the road less traveled.” Where I go will not be planned out, but will be an opportunity to make a mark on the trail that others might find and follow.

I get to do this with Kathy. She is much sharper than I am when it comes to the details of a website, planning a logo, and setting the direction the first steps need to take. I get to combine a number of things I love deeply in this new adventure.

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.

About ivonprefontaine

I have been an educator for almost 20 years. Prior to that, I worked in private industry for 15 years, then returned to university to earn my education degree. For the past 11 years, I have been a co-creator of learning in a unique, progressive, alternative educational school of choice. Currently, I am engaged in a doctoral program at Gonzaga University in Spokane. A main theme in my learning there has been the roles of systems thinking, complexity theory, and organizational theory, and how they apply to education generally and the learning environment I share with students, parents, and colleagues.

26 responses »

  1. I have always loved that poem. Good luck with the website!

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  2. Great poem. Frost is certainly a master. I pray all goes well in your journey.

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  3. I’m sure all will go well on the new journey, whatever direction you travel.

    You sound like the sort of person who is open to new challenges and new experiences and that is the important thing in life (in general). When we open ourselves up to whatever comes our way, we allow ourselves the joy of exploration and opportunities.

    If one is closed and has fixed expectations, one turns possibilities into pre-ordained probabilities.

    Personally, I like to know that the future is always open.

    Good luck with the rest of the school year.

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  4. Good luck on journey Ivon. Look forward to hearing and seeing more

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  5. “…Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both..” isn’t this a little cure that we face every day. You stand there and you know you have to pick your journey.

    It makes us better, it makes us wiser and makes us stronger. Once we look into our hearts and give ourselves an honest answer, we know where our journey will take us.

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  6. Decisions decisions. :-)

    Love the poem. All the best for your new direction and your new website.

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  7. I am sure many echo my view that I look forward to reading about your next journey..

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  8. What a perfectly lovely poem to make the beginning of your new adventure! Best of luck! Enjoy the journey!

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  9. The path to the rainbow will come with many detours, all a delight to behold. We hope to accompany you and Kathy on a few of those detours.

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  10. Hmph! The road less travelled would likely describe my attempts to further my education at this point! lol ;) Having just successfully completed one course in maths I was all set to continue along the English road…at least I was until they informed me I was too advanced for that course and couldn’t do it…grrrrRRR….and they don’t run higher level courses…GRRRRRRRR!!! I think they just don’t like me lol ;) So now I don’t know where to go next on my journey…this road is not at all well travelled for Wolfie…I tried my best to fail the assessment for this course to ensure I’d get on it and it still came out too high – this is a 1st for moi! I am very bored! Kingston college is the nearest possibility and that is not a good road to travel either…out of my area and a very long and expensive road to travel! lol so…for now the road less travelled of choice would seem to be the Russian language route!! A very overgrown and difficult to negotiate road I might add! Meanwhile…Tutor bashing comes to mind as a good gap-filler timewise! Gotta blame somebody for this unfortunate turn of events!!! :)

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  11. I have this poem taped to my office door, and can recite it..:) I hope your new website goes great!

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  12. All the best with your new journey, new season. And too, the roads already travelled help us along the less travelled, sometimes recusant, road ahead.

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  13. Good luck in your future turn in the road of life.

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