I am in Philadelphia I want to talk to you about the Amish people. The Amish are people who wanted to be separate from the control they were under.
They walked all the way from New York to Philadelphia – all that’s way! William Penn invited them to this country and when he did he thought that their farming skills would come in handy – the soil was rich and he thought it would be great for farming!
They do not want to do the same things as the rest of society and aren’t fans of using technology. Well, they can use technology (like cell phones) but only if they need it.
Their churches were full of interesting facts – during their weddings there are over 300 to 400 people …and let me tell you they say that’s a little count for a normal wedding! Do you think that’s a little?!?
Let me think, …oh yeah… they use gas (not electricity) to power everything – like powering the fridge, their stoves, their lamps. And let me tell you, they did not have disco trees like in the Lorax!
Everything at the farm is horsepowered, the do not like engines… I mean like real horses or mules!!
They also use a wireline to dry their clothes, and they make all their clothes. The men have suits, and the boys have suits and the woman, they all wear dresses – not the boys. They don’t have to wear dresses so they don’t have to be embarrassed.
You become a man when you turn 9, so I would be a man!
Their houses are so so old and they all help each other build them.
They make quilts, baskets, tables. I could buy you a quilt – but you would have to pay me back. Actually, they’re really cool. They even have these quilt pillows – that you unfold into quilts. Everything is handmade – and they sell the things they make by hand. I was surprised at how much they could make with their hands. Like baskets, they just take dry grass and weave and weave and weave and weave and boom, they have a basket! Us, we would just give up and be like, never mind.
Some of my favorite things are all the things they make, and also the horse and buggies!
I would love to know what else you know about the Amish or what you learned from my blog today. If you want me to show you how they do felt pinning, or quilting, or basket weaving, you can buy me a kit and I will make a video!