Q: Sometimes it seems like the Amish have an ideal life. Little stress, no bills to speak of, fresh air, natural food and…well, just a simpler life. It’s tempting to want to join! How open are the Amish to English people living among them and adopting their lifestyle? Would I be accepted?
~ Donna Chirico
The grass always looks greener on the other side of the fence, doesn’t it? While it may not seem like it at first glance, the Amish do have things in their lives that cause stress. Maybe not the same things you are dealing with, but they certainly don’t have a completely carefree life. They wouldn’t mind any Englischer who wanted to live in the country, breathe fresh air, and raise their own food. However, being Amish is much more complex than simply adopting a lifestyle. Unless you were born Amish, it is extremely difficult to become Amish.
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