Topic: "Geography Lesson" (3)
Frodo often thinks about places to rest. Front porches with rocking chairs have a certain appeal, and so do old trees with natural back rests contoured to fit Hobbits of any size. Sam has a "Florida Room" that overlooks the gardens of the Shire, and right now with a kerosene heater it offers a cozy retreat into over-stuffed reclining chairs. At other times of the year, a revolving fan makes sufficient breeze to disperse concentrated sunlight. A view, it seems to Frodo, has a lot to do with the attraction of a place to just sit. Other environmental factors also come into play.
The State of Georgia, for true, is bisected by what has been dubbed "the gnat line." Somewhere between the communities of Macon and Cordele, and extending from the Alabama border all the way to the Atlantic coast, the pesky little insects, tolerated by some and loathed by all, stake their claim to all that exists to the South. Frodo has walked in fields where he had been assaulted only when he got halfway across. It is as if, all of a sudden, he ambled into the jurisdiction of some alien life force who sought to defend its territory with the most terrible weapon at its disposal. Frodo cannot imagine trying to just sit and rest someplace permeated by such an interruption.
The reason that all of this comes to bare is that Frodo has been thinking about an extension of the Shire that will further minimize his exposure to cold weather. Lake Lovey provides a delightful haven, but certainly not in the depths of winter. The Shire has its home fires, but the dreaded onset of "cabin fever" affects Frodo after only a few days of inclement weather. Frodo needs a place to "sits and thinks" during Januarys and Februarys to come, but that also means that he exposes himself to the denizens on the other side of "the gnat line."
These are the kinds of situations where Frodo wishes somebody like Barack Obama could provide leadership. Problems should not be unsurmountable; there should always be hope that a solution to even the most confounding situation will eventually yield resolution. If not this problem, then maybe he can tackle our dependency on foreign oil.
Perhaps things will be clearer if Frodo just rests on it for a while.