The Amish General Store

Every once in awhile, I come across a place on the back roads of Lancaster County and think, “Wow, I wish the tourists could see this!” One such place is “The Amish General Store.” I had to make up the name because it doesn’t have one. I drove in the long lane, past...

High Shoes

When Mom got married, she borrowed her great-aunt Susie’s high-top shoes. “Hochi schuh” (high shoes) they are called. As soon as the wedding ceremony was finished, Mom went to her bedroom and changed into something more comfortable and not as old-fashioned for the...

“Hummi Vendyu”

When I was a little girl, I was sometimes allowed to go with Dad to the “Hummi Vendyu” (Cow Auction). The energy and vibrancy of the place captivated me. We would sit on the bleachers and watch the cows barge into the ring, mooing and shoving. I was glad to be up high...

Sidekicks, Buddy Bunches, and Gangs

Most Amish young people look forward to one of the most important days in their lives, the day they turn sixteen. They might have a “sidekick,” a very close friend of the same gender who turns sixteen close to the same time. This “sidekick”...

Amish Hat I.Q. Test

What is your Amish hat I.Q.? Answer the following questions to find out.   1.        An Amish man wears a black hat a.       to thrash wheat b.      to work in the field in the summer c.       for church in the winter or in the field in the winter   2.     ...