Last spring, my mother made the long trip from Pennsylvania to Winnipeg, to join our family as we celebrated our son's graduation from uni- versity. At the end of the visit, as we said our goodbyes at the airport, Mom said, "I think this will be my last trip." A shadow crossed my heart. I gave her a hug and replied, "I under- stand." Happily, it wasn't the last time. A year-and-a-half later, she was back in home, this time to witness my ordination as a Mennonite minister.Once again, she thinks it's her last visit, and it may well be. I understand her reluctance to commit to such journeys. It's one whole long day of travel between her home and mine, and includes stuffy airplanes, time-crunched transfers and over-stimulating airports. I find it to be exhausting and I'm younger than her by more than two decades. While I'm saddened that my mother can't visit my home readily, I also respect her willingness to talk openly about "the last time(s)".
Canadian Mennonite November 30, 2009 9 E In solidarity with Palestinians building peace in the world’s oldest conflict. . . . against ‘Zionist hooligans’ There are different ways to build peace. Where the road to peace is paved with dialogue, consensus- On Oct. 17, Canadian Mennonite University building and conflict-resolution, Mennonites have (CMU), Winnipeg, hosted “A conversation with proven themselves very successful peacebuilders. But Norman Finkelstein” in conjunction with Canadians Mennonites may still have a few things to learn about for Peace and Justice in the Middle East, Independent peacebuilding in situations where one party or another Jewish Voice and Canada-Palestine Support Network refuses to deal in good faith. – Winnipeg. Finkelstein, a noted author and political The tendency of Zionist supporters of Israel, for ex- commentator, was speaking on the subject of Israeli ample, to use accusations of anti-Semitism and other war crimes in the so-called Gaza “war.” As a found- methods to intimidate and silence even mild criti- ing member of the support network and an author of cism of Israel, is by now an established fact. Indeed, numerous articles on the Israel-Palestine situation, I at the Oct. 17 event some young Zionist hooligans, commend CMU on taking this important step towards presented with an invitation to sit down and converse Family Ties sorrow. Sometimes “the last time” comes The last time with a sense of relief, with growth or with pleasure in success. An elder marks his 80th birthday with gratitude and satis- Melissa Miller faction for a life well lived. The mid-life woman finds new horizons to explore. activities and pleasures, like gardening, Young adults mark their maturity by L ast spring, my mother made the driving, reading, playing the piano or making commitments to the church or long trip from Pennsylvania to living independently. Middle-aged adults by getting married. The ending of one Winnipeg, to join our family as we might be aware of things ending in their stage brings the beginning of another. celebrated our son’s gradua
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