Saturday, February 7, 2009

Mennonite and Amish Communities

Early on in middle/high school I thoroughly enjoyed reading Lurlene McDaniel's Books. Her writings touched me and perhaps, this is why I wanted to pursue a career working with people? Each of her books may sound depressing as it does deal with people, young people, dying or cancer or something. Yes, each book leaves you with grabing for more tissues as tears are certain to flow freely.

The first book (Angel's Watching Over Me)of three for a series is about a young girl who winds up in a hosital due to a broken finger that later reveals she has bone cancer. She happens to share a room with a girl who is Amish. Thru the journey they share together, it reveals a lot about the Amish community.

Ever since this book, and further research, I have thoroughly admired the Amish/Mennonite communities! I would LOVE to spend one week living as they do. Working. Eating. Sharing. Just, living. My respect and admiration for these communities grew even stronger after the Amish school shooting in October 2006. It was within days that the Amish community stepped forward and publically shared their forgiveness to this gentleman who did such a horrific action towards the Amish community. They did not only use words, but their actions towards the shooters wife and family spoke volumes!

So yesterday at work, I am chatting with two other co-workers when one says, "Oh, look. There is an Amish guy." My jaw dropped on the floor and was like WHERE??? First off. I did not think they entered such stores as a massive commercialized store where I work. Secondly, I checked the parking lot for a horse and buggy... Nothing.

So, he is by himself. Probably in his 20's. Wearing a wide brim hat. Full grown beard. Plain blue clothing and work boots. He certainly looked as though he was a physical hard worker. I SO wanted to talk to him but refrained. But after further analysis, the gross opinion is that he is actually a Mennonite and not an Amish person. He drove a HUGE worktruck with a trailor attached. (yes. We scoped the parking lot...)

I am just so amazed and in awe at their lifestyles. Again, I would LOVE to experience one week in their shoes. Day in and day out...

Since we now live within a few hours of some known communities, I hope to take advantage of this and explore their world more! To visit... To learn more. Perhaps make new friends? :-)

Any thoughts on the Amish and Mennonite communities????


Courtney Kay said...

I used to read these books as well when i was younger. I really enjoyed them. I also used to visit Amish country as a kid.

Thanks for your comment. I am looking forward to getting to know you more through your blog.

Angela's Heartwork said...

I just came across your blog through the CWO Blogroll & I must tell you I totally relate to this posting! I am addicted to Beverly Lewis and Cindy Woodsmall books & have read numerous books on the Amish culture. I would love to "walk in their shoes" for a week, too. My parents have a cabin near a lot of Amish in Cherry Creek, NY (about an hour south of Buffalo) & my mom visits the Amish shops all the time. I'm so jealous!

Looking forward to reading more of your blog!

Counting it all joy,