when i was a boy
there were no smart phones, computers
or something you saw on star trek,
and our television only got one channel clearly.
still, i was never bored.
the fields, hills, and woodlands around my home
were the perfect playground whose adventures
were only limited by my imagination.
i can remember once hiking to a nearby lake
and slowly walking around it.
at the backside of it i was amazed
to find an old, one lane, dirt road
that i had never seen before.
i immediately set out to travel it.
it was full of potholes and muddy tire tracks
and deep woods bordered it on both sides,
but exploring it still seemed like a fine adventure.
i walked on and on for what seemed like hours.
i am sure my guardian angel
was whispering in my ear
to turn around and head back home
but i was stubborn and even a bit stupid,
so i walked on.
the dirt road gave way to a gravel one
and then a paved one,
yet there was still neither a car
nor a house in sight.
my legs were getting tired.
i noticed that the sun
was starting to go down and i grew scared.
i didn't want to end up trapped on this road in the dark of night,
but i was sure it would be dark
before i could make my way back to the lake again.
i continued to walk on
with the fear growing inside of me.
my heart was pounding and my legs were aching.
i was almost in tears when i turned one last curve
and saw something in the distance.
it was a house that i recognized.
my heart leapt up!
i jumped up and down and laughed out loud.
i knew the way home!
it was still over a mile away
but my legs felt like feathers
and i hurried back to my house in no time.
i walked in with a big smile on my face
just in time for dinner.
then i ended my adventure
with a good night's sleep.
i remembered this recently
when i saw a sign that said:
"all roads lead home."
this is true.
in this life all roads no matter what their twists and turns
can lead us home again.
they can lead us to our homes here on earth.
they can lead us to our homes in our hearts.
may you always walk your path with love.
may you always help your fellow travelers along the way.
and may your roads always lead you home again.