Cousins Lydia and Sandra Troyer and their friend Rosemary Beiler have always been close. The two cousins, however, both have eyes for handsome Ezra Wagler, leaving Rosemary to watch from the sidelines.
After the church service, Sandra seizes her opportunity…
Sandra tried to catch Ezra’s gaze again, but he was lost in the sea of men seated across the room. Not until she stood at the conclusion of the church service did Ezra’s smile find hers again. Ezra had smiled at her first this time, Sandra assured herself. Yah, something special would happen today.
She took a deep breath as the group of girls entered the crowded kitchen, where everyone chattered as they received their assignments on where to help with lunch.
Sandra slipped up to Bishop Henry’s frau, Lena, and whispered, “I’ll take the unmarried men’s table.”
Lena smiled but didn’t object. She handed Sandra two peanut butter bowls. “That should get you started.”
“Thanks.” Sandra gave Lena a quick smile.
Her interest in Ezra wasn’t shameful, Sandra assured herself. Nor was her offer to serve the unmarried men’s table. This would give her a chance to speak with Ezra—and the other unmarried men. It couldn’t hurt if Ezra was reminded that she had other chances, even if she didn’t take them.
The newcomer, Clyde from Holmes County, was handsome enough. His daett was a widower and had recently moved into the community. Clyde had sent glances her way several times already—glances she had ignored.
“Go find where your daett’s sitting.” Sandra paused long enough to whisper to them. “He might take you with him to the first table.” Several of them scurried off to follow Sandra’s suggestion.
The unmarried men’s table was set up in the back bedroom, and Sandra paused near the door when Bishop Henry’s voice called for the first prayer. She bowed her head along with everyone else. When the “Amen” came, Sandra bounced into the room.
Several of the men looked up, and one hollered out, “Howdy there, Sandra. At least we have a server today. I thought they’d forgotten about us.”
“You know no one forgets about you, James,” Sandra teased back. “And they wouldn’t leave a table full of such handsome young men to suffer hunger.”
Laughter filled the table, and Ezra looked up with a twinkle in his eye. “And to think that we have one of the prettiest girls to serve our table. What an honor.”
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Jerry Eicher taught for two terms in Amish and Mennonite schools in Ohio and Illinois. He writes of his experience growing up Amish in his memoir My Amish Childhood. Jerry has been involved in church renewal, preaching, and teaching Bible studies. He lives with his wife, Tina, and their four children in Virginia.