I would like to take this opportunity to thank a number of people who have been instrumental in making this dream of mine to publish a book, a reality.
I would like to thank my editor Kruno Lokotar, Sanja Sačer, the team at Algoritam and translator Maja Klarić. Tomi Šebek for the cover image. Vedrana Puhar, Nađa Vujin, and my sister Annmarie for tough early feedback. Tomica Nürnberger for stylistic input and a suggestion of the title in Croatian which came to be. To Jesper Juul for writing the foreword and words of wisdom and support, and to Elizabeth Gilbert for writing a piece about persevering to get published just when I needed it.
To my siblings who have shaped me and to my parents and Lena’s parents to whom this book is dedicated. To my grandmother Edna who passed away last year at the age of 97, my aunt Gel who was my coach and councilor when I needed to turn my life around in 2002 and to the poet Robert Frost who’s work “The road not Taken”, was the validation that we can follow unusual dreams.
To my son Liam, who was the inspiration for the book and continues to bring us joy beyond our comprehension and finally to my wife Lena who is my loving and eternally patient partner in this – our dance of life.
In 2016 our family was joined by baby Colin, and trust me it is no less challenging second time around!
The Road Not Taken
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 marked 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.