May 14, 2016
Four days ago, on Tuesday, May 10th, I woke up with phrases in my mind from the poem The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost. Quickly I hurried to my computer to begin writing. You can read Frost’s poem printed at the end of this blog, or listen to a reading of The Road Not Taken here.
A TRIBUTE TO TREON GOOSSEN AND TO HER FAMILY
Treon Goossen is one of the finest women I have had the privilege of knowing. She left this world May 9th.
The Road Not Taken was one of Treon’s favorite poems. It was printed in the program that was given out at a beautiful service held yesterday in her memory.
Treon lived a life of love, “tirelessly advocating for freedom and rights of families in Colorado” (a quote from her memorial service program).
She was always an inspiration and joy to her husband and seven children, and to all of her family. Yesterday, even in the midst of their great sorrow, it was easy to see the admiration and love all her family members have for Treon; and to see the comfort they have, knowing she is in heaven with Jesus, her Savior.
Not only has Treon inspired her family, but she has inspired so many other people who were in her life — as well as those who simply knew about her. Near the end of the service yesterday, some of her family members walked up front to speak about Treon first. Then others who knew her or knew about her, went up front to share about Treon and how she has touched their lives.
People in Colorado and across the country have benefited, and will continue to benefit, from Treon’s life.
Her family will continue to carry on her legacy with gratitude, love and joy.
TREON MADE SUCH A DIFFERENCE IN MY LIFE
In 1988, when my husband retired from the Air Force, we moved to Colorado, to be near my dear parents.
Because of a decade of intensive work within public schools; and my private and official study and review of public school curriculum and textbooks during those years — I decided that when we moved to Colorado, I would begin to home school our 4 and 11-year-old sons. The oldest of our three sons was to be a senior in high school. He decided to attend and graduate from Evergreen High School.
Not long before we arrived in Colorado in 1988, Treon, Representative Bill Owens, and Senator Al Meiklejohn had completed the design of the first home school law in Colorado. By the time we arrived in Colorado, it had become law. I was told at that time that Colorado had the best home school law in the country. That law was “waiting for us” when we arrived — so I happily began to home school our two youngest sons.
It was among the greatest privileges in my life to meet, observe and learn from Treon. It was a joy watching her children, when she brought some of them to the capitol during days of testimony. I became one of the people to lobby on many bills that she lobbied on — and became one of her countless friends and “partners” standing up for freedom and the rights of families.
I miss her.
The Road Not Taken – Poem by Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.