I do get the occasional hostile comment here or on facebook about faux-Amish, Amish-wannabe, or how tiresome I am about Plain dress and life. Or that I am sanctimonious and attention-seeking in the way I dress and live.
That may be. Well, no, I mean, that isn’t it at all.
This is what people think Plain life is:
When I was a 30ish widow with young children, yes, I would have liked for Harrison Ford to show up to rescue me. But I wasn’t Plain-living then. My husband and I had planned on selling the Bethesda condo and building a little log or timberframe house out in the countryside of Virginia, or up North in Maine, but his sudden death following cancer surgery turned all of that upside down. I went on to finish university instead.
We dress the way we do and live the way we do for two reasons: It keeps us honest in our journey with God, and it is practical. I can sew our clothes (except his jeans – they are cheap enough from the thrift store). We can raise our own food and be less dependent on the market. We can live on less money (a necessity right now.)We have lots of time to be together, which is so important to us. Every day is a gift from God when I can spend it with my husband. I almost lost him two years ago, and I treasure the time God gives us.
This is the reality of our Plain life.
Lots of rain this spring, but that’s a good view, isn’t it? Isolated, peaceful, and (could be) productive.We aren’t Harrison and Kelly.