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working in the amish coumunity

  I find your articles very interesting and relatible, with a warm smile, cause my husband and I work weekly with at least 6 different amish communities in 5 different counties in central Pennsylvania. My husband has been a Farrier (blacksmith) for 21 years full-time of Fawver's Farrier Service and I accompany him each day, helping  to make his many steps few. So each day we can be, to as many as 8 to 10  different homes.     Some people tend to judge them as very uneducated,slow minded and cruel to animal  type of people. Where in fact, they are some of the most basic hand skilled educated people that this country still needs, and alot of it takes a sound mind to figure, because they don't rely on our adding machines,computors to think for them, and they too, are very caring with their aniamls as  well as horses, that we veiw and work on ,every 8 weeks.  What we have found with all of these communities is that they have the same cares and fears as the english, they have their family problems, financial struggles, fear for losing their jobs, medical and health problems and even social hang ups between themselves. But the most outstanding benifit that they are to their own people, that we as english people don't always benifit from, is sticking together and helping our families, neighbors and church folk , as they due on a regular bases of cleaning, cooking together, helping with a new mother for a couple months, canning  their gardens, watching each others children, running for someones groceries and sewing quilts together monthly for the up coming benifits auctions that the money goes to help all the people in their community. Wow, could we imagin what different neighbors we would have if we were to care and help as they due?  Like I said I go along and help my husband, but so many times I end up in their homes helping with a chore, holding babies and just plain visiting with such warm,simple people that I am glad to call my friends

Re: working in the amish coumunity

That is just so beautiful.  You make excellent points about how the Amish stick together and how they have so many useful skills that we in the modern world have forgotten about.

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