Of Songs and Properties
Several weeks after our first trip to Somerset County, Daddy and Mom went back to do some land shopping. They left the three of us children at Uncle Eli’s.
Eli and Sadie never had any children of their own and were happy to have us stay with them. Sadie had a lot of fun things for us to play with. The first day was very enjoyable, by the second day we had already played with everything they had and were beginning to miss Mom and Daddy.
By the third day we were bored and very homesick. I was sitting on their little rocking chair, rocking my doll and singing cute little children’s songs to it, but my heart wasn’t in it. And so I started singing a song that I had heard Mom sing occasionally. “Tell me why my Daddy don’t come home” I started singing it lustily, but the words were too real as I sang the next line, “I know I’m much to big to cry” my eyes started burning a little and my voice started quavering. I went on. “Why don’t he come and play with me again” Tears were rolling down my cheeks and I could hardly go on. “Mommy, why did Daddy say good-bye?” By the time I got done all three of us were crying. And we immediately started singing it again though we were sobbing as we wailed out the words.
Sadie had been ironing but came to try to see what all the crying was about, and tried to cheer us up. We weren’t in the mood to smile and be happy as all three of us wailed out the words again “Mommy, why did Daddy say good-bye?” And then paused to cry loudly again. Finally Sadie told us we aren’t allowed to sing that song again since we have to cry and got us occupied with something else.
After supper that evening Daddy and Mom came to get us and got to go home. It seemed wonderful to be with them again. After we got home they told us that they bought a property in Pennsylvania and we would be moving once springtime came. We were very excited at the prospect of a new adventure and went to bed happy to be safe with Daddy and Mom and eager to see what would happen once spring came.
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Mary Ann Kinsinger was raised Old Order Amish in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. She met and married her husband, whom she knew from school days and started a family. After they chose to leave the Amish church, Mary Ann began a blog, A Joyful Chaos, as a way to capture her warm memories of her childhood for her own children. From the start, this blog found a ready audience and even captured the attention of key media players, such as the influential blog AmishAmerica and the New York Times. She lives in Pennsylvania.