Mood: vegas lucky
Topic: "Will better be?"(7)
Frodo's barefooted feet were cold every single day for eight weeks. Miserable enough was he that he pledged never to complain about hot, humid, and dry ever again, and fearful he became that he would break said promise. Cool it was this day in the Shire, and Frodo was not the only one busily preparing for the coming end to the finest days of sky so blue. Mostly it was the birds who will stay with Frodo in the months to come, but the transients, the squirrels, and the chipmonkeys watched the Hobbit trim, plant, and harvest. Taking notes they were, remembering where the bright red berries would remain and the location of water and seed would be endless.
There is much in the Shire to please John Locke. For there is a Social Contract that unites the diversity that will share each other in companionship, no matter their origin. Perhaps it was in a setting like this that the great thinker first noted the need for sharing skills and resources, and he then applied that to the world of Man.
Mick, the Wonder Dog, watches Frodo and drifts off into a nap when the breeze lightens and aromas grow still. Fiona would have taken a position with physical contact upon the most comfortable appendage of the Hobbit, but alas, those days are gone (although there is the strangest sensation causing Frodo's foot to tingle). Frodo does not mind sitting alone in the Gardens of the Shire, for Mick, the Wonder Dog, will siddenly wake up and realize that he has been absent without leave, and rush, as he can, to Frodo and seek forgiveness. Such moments are appreciated beyond description.
Frodo has made a life's decision about the days to come. His life is seasonal too, and he recognizes that he has wearied of the daily tasks that have consumed his resources. In order to better serve Middle Earth, and to assure the destruction of the Ring, he needs to marshal the time, as Gandalf so wisely counseled him, to best use that which is given him. Soon the telephone will grow silent, and those who sought the Hobbit for purposes other than that which serve but them will have to find another. It will be an expansion of life's adventure, and it may drive Sam to drink.
Change, as the Hobbit says so often, is good. Steve Jobs proved that, if one paid close attention to his words at Stanford. It is time to step from one line, into another, and to do one's best to keep the feeders full and all the promises intact. John Locke, methinks, would be proud of Frodo.