Topic: "Tom Bombadil Returns"(9)
Landscape grasses need to be trimmed in early March, annually. Frodo and his gallant neighbor, Tom Bombadil, would silently gather their trimmers and extension cords preparing to lower the greenery to no taller than a twelve-inch height above the surface of the Shire, annually. The ceremonial rite of Spring was interrupted by the collapse of the economy, and the subsequent loss of Tom's home to the inexplicable words of foreclosure. Frodo stood idly by, while his friend and neighbor drove silently into the sunset. Perhaps it was nothing more than male pride, but Frodo heard nothing more from his neighbor and friend, as his turn-signal blinked incessantly into the soul of the Hobbit.
This morning, the Hobbit started to gather his tools so that, for the first time, he could do what must be done, efficiently, and alone. He noted the motorcar turning into his driveway, and wondered who had gotten the wrong directions so early on a Saturday morning. The smile told him everything he needed to know.
They shook hands, and silently began to mow the landscape grass in the front yard of the Shire. As in days of old, they cursed the razor-sharp blades, and alternated raking with the shearing. Little need be said. It was a job that needed doing, and only they two seemed to know what, and when, it needed doing.
Tom has now found new directions.
Afterwards they were joined by Samwise and those who have replaced friends known as Fiona and Mick. It was apparent from the very beginning that Dandy and Tess knew who this stranger happened to be, and they greeted him, warmly. For the Hobbits, it was if their friend, and neighbor, still lived next door, ready and willing to help prepare for the Spring soon at hand. Friendship, it seems, crosses many borders, and greater challenges. They spoke of hope and change, secure in the fact that things get better each and every day.
And now those damned clumps of landscape grass retain their symbolic status for another year, or until Tom Bombadil comes again to visit his friends in the Shire. What day that may be will be known only when it comes. It will be a good day.