She says she has a lot to tell me, and I say I have a lot to tell her when she returns. One story is an answer to her question about how to start a movement. The story begins with me standing in a line at McDonalds where the French fries have been sold faster than they could make them. I looked at the woman standing in line behind me and asked, “where are you headed?”
“Youngstown, Ohio,” she said and then she asked. “Where are you going?” “Akron, Pennsylvania,” I told her, and added, “Our family is holding a reunion at the Welcoming Center of the Mennonite Central Committee.” She was puzzled by the term Mennonite. “Who are the Mennonites and what kind of a committee is that?” she asked.
“We’re kind of like a church,” I told her. “But we don’t believe in fighting. When there’s a war, we try not to participate. But we send people to care for refugees and to rebuild communities that are destroyed.”
“That’s wonderful,” she declared. I told her that I have a website where she could learn more about Mennonites and me. She pulled a pad from her purse and wrote down www.oldmennofools.com, declaring, “That sounds interesting,” she said. “I’m going to check it out.”
She told me that her name is Theo. Eldon, my son in law told me that Theo means God is the Greek language. So I will tell my “Joy” and any one else who is interested, that here is the way to start a movement. One person starts talking and keeps talking, and those who hear start talking, and keep talking, and talking, and talking. And the movement continues and grows as people talk, and keep talking.