“You use a glass mirror to see your face, you use works of art to see your soul.” -George Bernard Shaw.
I leisurely drove through Vermont last week…Bennington, Manchester, Burlington, North Hero. I had escaped some bad weather in Connecticut and Massachusetts and my days in Vermont were sunny with wonderful springtime temperatures.
As I passed through Bennington,I remembered an earlier trip when I accidently found the gravesite of Robert Frost. I loved his epitaph, “I had a lover’s quarrel with the world.” Visitors before me had left coins or or small pebbles in tribute. I quickly wrote a note on a scrap of paper. “The woods are lovely , dark and deep but I have promises to keep. And miles to go before I sleep. Please help me to be a writer.” I carefully folded my request, placed it under a small stone, and smiled. I once heard there can exist a strong bond between the words of an author and the person who reads them. I have always felt a connection to Robert Frost and his poetry. I will always remember that moment in Bennington.
While I drove, I listened to beautiful music, and almost felt like I was in a movie. But the experience was not virtual reality. It was real. It was a travel adventure in which all my senses were rewarded. Like a painting, the world around me had color, texture, contrast, a range of values, and, most important, meaning. As I passed stone walls and lovely restored old buildings, my subconscious released lessons once learned in school. I understood more about the story of our country.
There were many quaint country stores and markets where visitors can buy maple syrup, pottery, cheese, furniture, candles, and crafts all made in the state. I enjoyed great food, wonderful bookstores, and lovely coffee shops.
The state is more than a place, it is a spirit. Vermont is and always has been a place of thoughtful action. I passed solar panels being used to make clean electricity and a sign that cautioned me to be careful not to harm turtles crossing the highway. In Burlington, I enjoyed talking to volunteers from Common Good Vermont, “a statewide organization dedicated to uniting and strengthening all of the mission organizations that serve the Green Mountain State.”
Vermont is a wonderful experience. It is a place of history and tradition. A state composed of a million shades of green, many lakes, and magnificent mountains.
Art is anything that brings about a response. For me, Vermont was an experience of pure joy. Vermont is a work of art.
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