My son and I, separated by half a continent, had been talking on the phone for 30 minutes when he asked if he could break for dinner and call me again afterwards. I suggested I get back to him the next weekend, but he really wanted to talk some more, “about all this war stuff and what Bush is doing.” I knew how he felt and why it was important, so I agreed. When we were back on the phone an hour later—he in his tiny apartment, I on a back deck in suburbia—I tossed the🔒

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Lance Wilcox is a professor of English at Elmhurst College, near Chicago. He has in the past attended Friends meetings in Seattle, Minneapolis, and Downer's Grove, Illinois.

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