Monday, January 11, 2016
ELMER ANSWERS SOME OF YOUR QUESTIONS
Do Amish or Old Order Mennonite ride bicycles? The Old Order Mennonites in our area are allowed to ride bicycles. Young folks and older folks are allowed to ride. Some Amish groups are allowed to ride bicycles, but not all. In our area, the Amish are allowed to ride bicycles. Mostly the young folks ride them, but some adults do.
Is it customary in most Amish communities for son or daughter to turn their earrings over to their parents until they are 21 or married? Yes. When one of our children started working, Anna and I allowed them to keep part of their pay for their own use. We took the rest of the money and opened a savings account for them. Each child as they worked got their own savings account opened. Of course they didn't know that. They thought we were using the money. Our son, Elmer was the first to marry. The day after he married, Anna and I gave him the book to the savings account. That's when all the other children found out what we were doing with the money they earned.
Not all Amish do this, as I understand. Some parents use the money to pay bills, buy groceries, etc. to support their families. Thanks to the Lord, we were in a position where that was not necessary and we were allowed to put money away for our children.
Of course, once the younger children found out we were doing this, they came up with all sorts of excuses to try to get us to give it to them before they married or were 21. We didn't do it. They all are glad we didn't and are now doing the same thing for their working children. I know that David, Jean's husband is doing the same for their children.
What is the average age that Amish get married? Most get married between 18 and their early 20's. Our son John did not get married until he was almost 25. But, not all people get married at that age, some don't marry until they are older. A very few never marry.
Do Amish accept health insurance if a company they work for offers it? If we have the choice, no we do not accept it. We believe insurance is a way of the world and we do not accept it. Even though we may be paying Social Security at the place we work, we do not accept that either.
Does "frolic" mean a house raising instead of a barn raising? No. Frolic could be a house raising, barn raising, plowing someone's field, etc., etc. Anything where a group of us is together helping someone is a frolic.
We are suppose to have snow tomorrow. Us farmers hope so. We believe the snow helps the soil which gives us better crops. I know some people do not like snow and we don't sometimes, but we sure could use some now.
Trust God's Wisdom,