Thursday, September 27, 2012

Amish Obsession

It's no secret that I am practically obsessed with the Amish. If you know me in real life and have ever been around when anything Amish comes up, you know just how true this is.

The past year or so I've noticed there are a lot more TV shows and documentaries about them, most recently Breaking Amish on TLC. I am beyond skeptical of this show. I have so many questions that need answers and I just think the whole thing is a big set up. I mean, first of all, if these people are REALLY just leaving their Amish community for the first time ever, why do they have some pretty swanky rolling luggage pieces? Why do only two of them have accents? How do all of them know each other even though they are from different communities and states? How do they KNOW what to do in certain situations that most Amish wouldn't know - walking up to the CORRECT ticket counter in the airport to "buy" a ticket to New York...only to be shown in a PRIVATE plane that obviously did not require a ticket. So, say you can convince me all those things are legit (you can't, by the way). Now, tell me this. If the kid's families are truly Amish, then why are they a) allowing themselves to be on TV, and b) hopping planes to NYC to "bring them home."  And also? If a REAL mama hops a plane to NYC to bring her son home, she isn't leaving without him. Or at least without a fight. She doesn't just shake his hand and get in a cab for crying out loud. I mean, come on, TLC. You're going to have to do better.

A show I *do* love? Amish: Out of Order on National Geographic. It's a community of ex-Amish who come together to help each other in adapting to the "English" way of life. The father figure is Mose, who left the Amish 10 years prior and has successfully transitioned into an English life with a wife, kids, job, and nice house in suburbia. He helps kids who have decided to leave and serves as the main point of contact for all of the ex-Amish community. I'm obsessed. If anyone goes into the Amish community for any reason, the cameras are not allowed in (as is Amish culture, after all), which makes it all seem more real. And they all acknowledge that the fact they're on camera means they are most likely shunned and will never be allowed back in. O.B.S.E.S.S.E.D.

Moving on.

I live about an hour or so from the largest true Amish community in the South. They are also one of the most conservative communities, so I feel like they are "true" Amish. I mean, if I see you pulling up to Wal-Mart in anything less than a horse and buggy, I don't care what your clothes say, you are not Amish.

But, I digress.

If you, too, live close to one of these delightful little communities, then you know just how fantastic it is.

I was last there a month or so ago (all pictures in this post came from that trip) and came home with a backseat full of goodies - homemade sourdough bread, apple butter, candles, fudge. I have plans to go back in a few weeks, when the pumpkins will be ready. I don't know why. It's just another excuse to be there.

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  1. OMG. I am obsessed with Amish as well. I used to want to be Amish. I had heard about some program where Amish took in kids from the city to live with them in the summer, I tried to get my parents to sign me up.

  2. Loved the National Geo show as well. Also had no idea that an Amish community existed in the southeast!

  3. I love learning about them too. I love the Nat Geo show more and hope that they do more shows. Have you watched the Nat Geo show about the Huguenots?

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