The Beginning 2
Most all my Amish gals, the protagonists in my books are similar to my grandma Aida’s personality. Not to say that she pushed the boundaries, well she certainly did spiritually, but I think she’s been a huge inspiration to me and also we lived very close to Amish farmland growing up in Lancaster. I had many opportunities to be in Amish homes. My dad seemed to be a magnet spiritually for Amish seekers who wanted to know what the new testament, what Jesus’ teachings really were about because so much of the sermons and so much of what they were taught was dictated more by the old testament and also by the mandate set down by Joseph Amman, 300 years ago.
I guess as a young girl with the organization, the family life, the way the very young children were submissive and obedient and gentle, soft-spoken, had a yielding spirit which they indoctrinate that of course from early on, I was absolutely taken by it because I guess I didn’t see that whole yielding to God, the bishop, the church, your older brother, your father, that just being submissive in a kindly sort of way as to obeying.