Friday Musings Reprise. What would I keep?

For many, many years there has been a poem by Robert Frost that has always been on my mind, whose words have been patiently waiting for me to finally understand them և the meaning I have always felt they had for me. I first read it in college, and I noticed the page in my book of Frost poetry that I’re sitting here with as I write this. After I finished, I forgot about the poem for a long time, and then it reappeared when I came across the last part of the introduction to Wallace Stegner’s book, which was called: Transition to security. That was probably 20 years ago. It happens to be one of my five favorite books, but it’s another day’s post. The poem is called “I could give at any time” և it appeared in the collection entitled: Witness tree, who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1943. I always thought it was rather narrative that Frost wrote this group of poems after he had endured several personal tragedies, one more devastating than the other, yet he was able to find hope and love. again with them. The final line reads as follows:

I could give everything to Time except
What I have saved myself. But why declare?
Prohibited things while the customs was asleep
Did I go through security? Because I’m there,
And what I would not part with, I kept.

Looking at these lines now, I wonder what has prevented me from understanding them for so long. I think the answer has to do with the fact that I was focused on the final transition to security that is finally happening to all of us, I was not ready to face the question of what I would keep when that day came. Frost may want to answer, especially if we mean his capitalization of specific words in these lines, which, of course, gives them as much meaning as a certain religious context. And if we take out the capital letter at this point, think about the fact that we actually pass through a safe area several times in our lives. After all, what is the transition, other than the process of crossing a certain junction, whether it is as clear as the lines painted on a busy street or as complex as the border between countries? In both cases there is a resounding breath as we reach the other side, completely untouched, still carrying the things we had when our journey began.

What if every really hectic time in our lives could be seen as a crossroads? We all know from experience that we have repeatedly stood on such frontiers, ready to cross, and then felt that we were moving through each node to find security on the other side of the difficult situation, to find peace. We have all realized that we can not allow customs to confiscate everything we carry if we learn anything at all from what we have just experienced. The decision of what we keep is still possible և it must be sensible, because we can not go back և to ask for something that has been taken, nor can we say what we would like it to be with us we would not take it. In any situation that has hurt us, we must be careful not to offend or resent the next one, but rather hand him over to the customs and leave him at the border. However, what we can move forward with is an understanding that comes from acknowledging how much we have been complicit in our hurt, and further realizing that we will never again put ourselves on the path of such harm. And so we pass, we come safely.

It may take several times for us to achieve this truth, but in the end we land in a place where our hearts are truly secure, where we will stay until the final transition. When that happens, we will once again decide what we are ready to give to Time, what we will keep to ourselves, and bring with us to the next life. Whatever we take will be what will help us navigate our way when it starts again, because we will know these things beforehand, we will recognize them. Their acquaintance will lead us to security once again. I find that I have reached a point in my life where I am no longer afraid to say what I will do safely. I’m ready to do that now. I would retain the understanding I gained from my parents about what I knew about myself. Both have made me what I am. I would keep the feeling of all the homes I have ever lived in, the love I learned in each of them. I would keep moments of great significance that really touched me, a picture in my mind of being a mother of three ordinary children, when the world begins and ends with each other. I would keep memories of a certain look, a certain sound, a horse that changed my life in seconds. I would hope to be open to all the possibilities of life, to faith, to remember that there is a program that requires permission to open, or that it can sometimes cause too much pain. And I would always keep love, because without it our hearts are empty, seeking, in serious danger. This is exactly what we often think hurts us as it pulls us back from our darkest day and makes us realize how wrong we have been.

For today’s cocktail, I started with tequila as it presents different things to different people, և I wanted it to remind me that the items we are going through safely are very personal. I added Aperol for its beautiful pink color, which starts with the sweet and ends with the incredible bitterness that all Italian aperitifs have. What we keep is often “bitter” and “sweet”. Watermelon juice brings back happy memories for many of us, without much thought. On the other hand, lime juice can be evaluated only when combined with other ingredients. It requires a completely different point of view. Rosemary, of course, is for memory. Chilean bitterness represents passion, rose water, hope և new beginnings, and the baby’s breath in the photo symbolizes the immortal power of eternal love. This cocktail undoubtedly takes us to an unusual group of travel ingredients that combine surprisingly well, so that they contradict skepticism or expectations. Hello everyone. Happy Friday. Thank you very much for reading. What would you keep?

What would I keep?

2 ounces Espolon white tequila
Ounce Aperol
1 ounce of watermelon juice
An ounce of lime juice
An ounce of simple rosemary syrup
2 points Hella smoked bitter chili
2 drops of rose water

Add all the ingredients to the ice cocktail shakes, shake until very cool. Squeeze twice into Nick & Nora’s frozen glass. Enjoy!

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