Topic: "What Schedule?" (2)
Frodo operates very well when everything takes place in its own time, and at designated rates of speed. Traffic jams on Interstate 75, cancelled lunch appointments, unannounced guests, and "emergencies" tend to increase anxiety levels in the halfling. Changes in plans, personal conflicts, and a seeming inability to deal in candor cause Frodo's hair to become thinner, and his waist to expand concomitantly. The incredible part is that it bothers Frodo, at all.
If Frodo had fallen to the Black Riders, all of these crises would remain for others to face. Still, much depends on Frodo and, by choice, he has taken responsibility for the destruction of the Ring.
This morning Frodo had to bypass his morning exercise and his intake of bulk. It was to the medical practitioner for check-ups which required no intake for a half-day before. His scheduled luncheon meeting was cancelled thirty minutes before it was to take place. The ability to work silently through that previously blocked period was disturbed by an unforseen and inexplicable problem with a motorcar. A previously resolved work product re-emerged with a minor, but time-consuming adjustment. Potential solutions to current problems arrived and required analysis. An obvious conclusion to one assignment was blocked by the inexperience of one of the participants, and Frodo did not have the time or the capacity to bring the matter to a close all alone. And then, a well-meaning compatriot provided Frodo with so much information that his computing machine began to reject valuable data.
Tomorrow morning it will be cold in the Shire. Frodo normally bypasses his morning jaunt with Mick, the Wonder Dog, when the weather threatens tightening tendons. Another luncheon will keep Frodo from his normal twice-a-week mid-day workout, and then he will have to attend a boring affair, with boring people, discussing boring subject-matter, all on a Friday afternoon with snow in the forecast for the ride home.
When Frodo was a half-halfling this story would end early in the morning with the plaintive wail, "Mom, I'm sick and I can't go to school today."
Growing older requires a whole new set of solutions to problems, and the worst part is that you have less time available for their proper implementation. For the uninitiated, that is one of Gandalf's greatest lessons to Frodo.