Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Starting Point

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Starting Point

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"Look, Mom," my daughter Evelyn called as she peddled past me down the sidewalk. For the smallest flicker, her hands let go of the handle bars. For the next half hour or so I watched her ride back and forth, each time trying, for a little longer, to let go of her tight grip. She adjusted her posture, sat back a little, trusted her ability to balance and allowed her body and the bicycle to work in unity. Slowly she was able to give up needing her arms for control and finally she glided past me, hands in the air, and flashed me a huge smile.

This past November we went as a family to the School of the Americas protest at Fort Benning, Ga. Evie spent the weekend wearing a button we had picked up from one of the vendors. It had a simple peace dove across it with the words, "Look Ma, No Arms." As I watched her riding her bike in the summer sun, I couldn't help but see her efforts as a hint of how we as a nation and a world are supposed to try to reach for peace. …

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