A Dose of Discomfort

Posted: April 11, 2014 in Uncategorized


“I’m awfully sorry,” said Bilbo, “but I have come without my hat, and I have left my pocket-handkerchief behind, and I haven’t got any money. I didn’t get your note until after 10.45 to be precise.”

“Don’t be precise,” said Dwalin, “and don’t worry! You will have to manage without pocket-handkerchiefs, and a good many other things, before you get to the journey’s end.”

-J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

On Saturday, my parents wanted to go to a nearby maple syrup festival and asked if I wanted to come. Problem was, the festival was extremely popular and you had to go early, so we’d have to leave the house at 7:00am. Plus, it was supposed to be freezing cold in the morning–cold enough for snow. Neither of those things particularly appealed to me. Mornings and cold? No way.

But the festival itself intrigued me. There was a pancake breakfast, and an…

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