“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
Those closing lines of my favourite poem, The Road not Taken by Robert Frost, often spring to mind when I make a small decision with serendipitous consequences. If I hadn’t stayed in bed for an extra hour this morning, I would never have met Honey – a canine visitor to Ireland. Here’s how it happened.
One of the things I love to do on Saturdays is buy the papers and decamp to my favourite local café to read them at leisure over coffee. Running late and knowing that I wouldn’t get a seat at my usual haunt, I drove instead to the Garden Cafe in Ashford, Co. Wicklow. Coffee and papers finished I decided to walk around the adjacent Mount Usher Gardens.
Half way round I met Eileen from New York who is in Ireland for a short holiday. She was lost and had mislaid her son and daughter-in-law. We chatted as we walked back to the exit together. She talked a little about her life and told me about the administrative hoops she had to jump through to enable her to bring her dog Honey to Ireland. Eileen let me take a photo of Honey (who was waiting patiently in the car) for the blog. Honey is nine years old and has transformed Eileen’s life in a very good way.
Meeting Eileen and Honey made my day.