Friday, July 6, 2012

Do Amish women giggle? Do they have a sense of humor?

I got a one star review for Amish Knitting Circle 8 months ago, stating:

“characters that were not believable... from giggling grannies to very angry Amish characters. Their emotions jumped from happy and giggling to anger to fretful to anger and back to giggling.”

I just shake my head, because the series it’s about 6 women, so they would have varying emotions, but the part about giggling? Are there people who think Amish women don’t double over laughing?

Well, today I got a letter from my friend, Ida, who made me laugh, fret, then giggle, and then back to laughing. If you think Amish women are serious, somber and stoic…let me share with you parts of Ida’s letter. She starts out with:

“Here I am finally answering your letter! Isn’t this just terrible J I’m very sorry and hope you will forgive me J (She made funny looking smiley faces with huge eyes)

She has a paragraph of small talk about her husband and twelve children, but then goes right into shopping:

Today I go to Punxsy to buy groceries. I pay a taxi to take me, wish you’d be the one taking me, I haven’t forgotten our shopping trip! J (Really big eyes in smiley face) I love auctions, flea markets and yard sales J If we go to town, we stop at every garage sale we see. Saturday, (a week ago) we went to Blairsville to that big Flea Market and it was so much fun! Now I’d like to go to ______ of course, now I can’t think of the name but it’s up there near Spartensburg. I do a lot of my Christmas shopping like that since I have 12 kids other friends and relatives. It can get very expensive so I’m always watching my money $  J

Then she went on to tell me about her quilts:

Mom sent for more batting, but it felt too soft to handle etc. I was very disappointed in it cuz you can’t make fine even stitches, and hopefully the lady that owns the quilt isn’t fussy L (Here she has a big frowning mouth)

The problem with the batting was that they got a bad batch. It happens, but they had a deadline on this one quilt. All her quilts are exquisite. But she went on to say how hard it is to sell quilts now etc. and other personal things. She was actually fretting, and asking me advice on where to sell, etc. Then she reminds me that she still doesn’t have a copy of my book Knit Together that I promised to drop off at the store, seeming a tad bit ticked off, since it’s been over 2 months since I gave my word…hint, hint…but then she lightens right up again:

My garden is doing pretty good. We have radishes, onions, some early tomatoes, squash & lettuce. I have all this stuff in my garden because I want to lose some this unwanted fat! L (BIG FROWNING FACE HERE) I went on a 3 week diet and lost 20 lbs. which I was very pleased, but now I want to lose another 20.

Ida is an herbalist, and she tells me the herbs her family is taking:

I have an order to send out for some herbs and I want to make a ginseng tincture for Joe (her husband) That’s all he’ll takes. NO PILLS! And I want to make “Malissa Supreme” for the children. It’s for their brains. Helps their learning – like school children. (She has teenagers who are out of school, since Amish only go to eighth grade, so she’s saying her teens’ brains need some help ;)

She ends by saying:

Well here I am still scribbling, but I could go on and on, talking would be so much better! Love and God Bless, Ida.

Ida is a spunky Amish woman and went through a gamut of emotions in this four page letter, but notice the humor. She really cracks me up. She wants to be a character in one of my books. She said, “Don’t use my real name, but you could use Iva…sounds similar.” So, in Amish Friends Knitting Circle, she’s Iva, and I have to say, I use lines she comes up with. I sure don’t have to go far for material. And for fans of Amish Knitting Circle, Ida is the granddaughter of Granny Weaver…although Deborah Weaver is not Granny’s real name. So, Ida takes after her grandma, an apple that doesn’t fall far from the tree…since Granny Weaver’s a giggling granny…


  1. i love this series. jbasketbabe@gmail.come

  2. Need to add this one...giggling...

  3. Great posting, Karen! I can personally attest that Amish women are not all serious and somber (although I've meet a few that are downright disagreeable) no more than non-Amish are all happy-go-lucky! My neighbor at the Amish home I stay at is hilarious. She is loud, laughing, fun, and naughty. She drags me everywhere, to meet everyone, and do everything. She even played hooky from church one day to have a coffee and shoo fly pie breakfast with me and my niece.

    People criticize over the smallest thing. Your stories are, without doubt, my favorite Amish fictions books (which you already know).

    Sarah Price

  4. Thank you all for your comments. Sarah, I feel the same way about your books (which you already know;)

  5. I have to agree with Sarah regarding some Amish woman, now me on the other hand I'm very somber, just kidding folks. But I guess like most people I have been known to have a serous side to me, and I try and not lump a group of people into a certain stereotype. Richard from the Amish community of Lebanon,pa

  6. Thanks for sharing Richard. You don't seem to be on the serious side to me ;)

  7. I have to agree with everyone here, the Amish men and women who come into the Lowes where I work are really friendly and do have a sense of humor. When one used his Business Credit Account, he said, now it will probably ask to see my driver's license but I don't need one for my buggy. One time my hubby and I were eating at Pondarosa and an Amish woman was there with her three children and her driver. One of her little boys ran up to my hubby and started asking him something. The mom said he wants to know why you have hair on your lip. he must have thought my bearded husband, in his plain shirt and jeans was Amish.

  8. Hi Karen I have been known to have my moments in reality,lol. And thanks very much for your blog visits to my own. Richard

  9. I find it amusing how some people seem to forget that Amish are human and capable of the whole range of emotions as any other human.

    Sorry you got a one star review because of that.

  10. 17 years ago I met "Levi" at a benefit auction in Conewango NY and we have become good friends over the years. Recently Levi and his wife have been coming to my area weekly for medical care for their daughter. Most weeks my wife and I have them to our house for a home cooked meal and conversation. Most Amish women that I know are very reserved and very quiet. Well Levi's wife Ada is a giggler and a great story teller. Once again I have learned that Amish folks are not all the same.

  11. Joyful Chaos, I think we're almost "neighbors". I was on Suzanne's radio show and she said how she went to Somerset to visit you. Would love to meet you too. You have a nice blog.
    Tom, I used to live 5 miles from Conewango Valley, in Ellington. I know there's a billion Levi's up there, but are you talking about Levi Miller, the clock maker?