The Amish Blog
Amish Questions and Answers
(7 BIG misconceptions about The AMISH)
by Michelle ~ A Normal Amish Girl
Being Amish means you have to get used to the second glances, the whispers, the stereotypes and assumptions, and the “sneaky” photos. When we would go on vacation or to certain parts of town, we would often meet up with people who had never before or rarely seen Amish. Some people would just glance at us and walk on while others made comments as we walked by. Still others would approach us and ask us ridiculous questions and the next person was wanting to simply clarify something they heard or read. Some had just a general curiosity and some were downright rude.
There are a lot of misconceptions about Amish that are absolutely wrong. Actually, I should say they are wrong for the community I come from. There are so many and I don’t have time to address them all nor can I even think of all of them but here are a few:
- Amish don’t pay taxes. This is absolutely not true. I think this makes my eye twitch when people tell me this.
- Amish people smell bad. In my school days I became a fanatic about cleanliness because of this stereotype.
- All Amish know each other. With Amish people in 30 some states and in Canada, trust me when I say I do not know them all.
- The Amish don’t have/use technology or electricity. FALSE. Remember that you are reading a blog written by an Amish girl.
- The Amish are on a “fast track” to Heaven. NO. NO. NO. The Bible says there is only one way to heaven and that is through Jesus. No one has a fast track to heaven.
- All Amish are farmers. It is very difficult to find enough land to farm and to be able to make a decent living at it. A lot of men in this area do construction or work in factories.
- Amish eat healthy. HA! I think my community has done wonders for the companies that make Doritos and Mountain Dew.
A few of my favorites:
– Are you a pilgrim? Well, in a sense, yes. The Bible says we are pilgrims on this earth because we are simply traveling through this life while on our way to our eternal home.
–Are you a pioneer? Um, no.
–What are you? This is a personal favorite. I am a living, breathing female that simply comes from a culture a little different from the norm. But then again, what is normal?
–Is it true that when you have a blue door on your house it means there’s a single girl who lives there? I only heard this once. It means someone likes blue and decided to paint their door that color.
–You’re how old?! And you don’t have children?! Yea, sure. Rub it in. Seriously, I think this is just rude.
–Are your marriages arranged? Hopefully, we allow God to help us choose our spouse. And then get the blessing from parents.
–Is doing that (whatever “that” may be) against your religion? Sometimes some of the rules need to be broken.
A MEMORABLE ENCOUNTER
Years ago, I went with my Dad and Mom and brother on a train to California to stay with some friends. While out there, we went to Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. Evidently while we were enjoying being tourists, we also were easy targets for some pickpockets. Someone stole all of our money and traveler’s checks from Mom’s purse. Thankfully, my brother had enough cash left that we were able to still enjoy the remaining couple of days until we headed home. The day after we were robbed we went on a ferry out to Alcatraz and while on the ferry a woman came up to us and asked if she could talk with us. She said that her friend that was with her was embarrassed and was going to disown her for approaching us but she was curious. She wondered if she could ask us questions about Amish people. She was polite and we enjoyed our visit with her.
During the conversation, we mentioned that we were robbed and we talked about how it happened. When we parted ways, she shook Dad’s hand and had some money in the palm of her hand that she tried to give him. Dad refused but she insisted. Dad told her that the only way he would accept it was if she would give her address and when we get home he would send a check to refund the money. Of course, the address she gave wasn’t right. Dad was going to send a check but when he looked at the address he realized she let out an important part of it. She was definitely one of the more memorable encounters and a great blessing to us! To this day we haven’t forgotten her or her generous act of kindness.
Just to prove that we don’t eat healthy all the time I’m going to share one of my favorite snack recipes.
This is a treat that we usually make around the holidays even though I crave it year round.
MOM’S PARTY MIX
7 cups Crispix
4 cups Bugles
4 cups Cheese Twists (Cheetos)
4 cups Fruit Loops cereal
4 cups pretzels
2 cups cocktail peanuts
1 stick butter
1 teaspoon celery seed
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons Seasoned Salt
3 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon curry powder (optional)
Mix first six ingredients in a large bowl. Melt butter in a saucepan and mix in seasonings. Then pour over the dry ingredients in the large bowl. Gently stir so you don’t break all of the pretzels, etc. Put mixture on baking sheets and bake at 250 degrees for an hour, stirring every 15 minutes. We usually divide it up on two baking sheets so it bakes more evenly. I also like to rotate the trays from top rack to bottom rack each time I stir them.
The ingredients Celery Seed, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Seasoned Salt, and Curry Powder can all be found at my store “The Spice Shack.”
Today‘s guest author is Michelle Schwartz, the owner of “The Spice Shack” which is a small, home-based business that specializes in bulk spices, medicinal herbs, and loose leaf teas. Check out her online store at www.thespiceshack.org. Michelle enjoys her family, farm life, anything outdoors, and running her shop. She also raises Miniature Hereford cattle as a hobby.