[G]ive me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, Proverbs 30:8b.
For five years, I was an English teacher at Grace Prep High School in State College, Pennsylvania. Every year, the school participates in Air School—learning outside the classroom. In 2009, Air School consisted of a long weekend in an Amish community in Virginia.
My husband Paul and I and three students stayed with an Amish family—mother, father, and their three remaining, as yet unmarried, children. Seven other children had grown up, married, and established their own homes, so there was plenty of room for us.
No electrical lighting, no microwave, no television, no radio, (I-pods and phones were verboten to ensure the authentic experience), and no computers. There was a propane powered hot water tank (Yay!) and we cooked on the woodstove (in May!). We washed dishes by hand in the sink and dried them with a linen towel. I tried to milk the goats. Continue Reading…