Years ago I picked up a book titled, “Amish Girl” at a garage sale. I had no idea how to say “Amish” and pronounced it more like “Aim-ish”. It took me several months to read it and realize it wasn’t just another “Little House on the Prairie” type book. But it was actually a modern time book about people who chose to live like Laura Ingalls Wilder. And they weren’t just playing, like I did.
I wouldn’t say I started a love affair with all things Amish, but I did start a lifelong fascination with them. There were times in my life I wanted to go to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania just to see an Amish person up close and personal. I don’t know what I expected to see really. Since they are merely people just like me, who dress differently and live life differently. (Imagine my absolute amazement when I discovered the Amana Colonies was not a warehouse full of refrigerators but actually a place in Iowa where Amish live.)
I know myself well enough to know there is no way I could live like they do. I like my electricity and my air conditioned van too much. But the simple way of life…that is something my very heart longs for. I desire to live simply and simply live. I am tired of all the hustle and bustle of life in America. I don’t like that we are incredibly busy all the time and yet we are accomplishing so little.
I had the honor of reading “Amish Proverbs: Words of Wisdom from the Simple Life” by Suzanne Woods Fisher. In this book I read such treasures as: “One thing you can learn from watching the clock is that it passes the time by keeping its hands busy.” And “Many times we are climbing mountains when we ought to be resting.” And these gems: “Kissing wears out, cooking don’t.” “There is one thing more exasperating than a wife who can cook and won’t, and that’s the wife who can’t cook and will.”
I have a tendency to yammer on at times. I know. Such a shock and you’d never believe it. So this proverb hit me squarely between the eyes, “Remember, when you talk, you only repeat what you already know; if you listen you might learn something.”
Those few proverbs are just a sample of the wealth of wisdom from Suzanne Woods Fisher’s book. I know I will read this book over and over.
I have one extra copy to give away to one fortunate blog commenter!! All you have to do is comment with your favorite proverb, I’ll gather all the names in a hat my children will pick one winner!! The drawing will be done on September 1.
I can’t wait to read your proverbs!!
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