I tried not to be nervous. (Have you ever tried not to be nervous?) I’ve been interviewed for television before, I kept telling myself. And my recent yoga practice helped. I kept taking deep breaths to dispel my jitters.
I arrived at the studio early. I was asked to sit on a very high chair, which was very wiggly. I had visions of the chair breaking in the middle of the interview. Thank goodness my imagination was more vivid than reality.
Several people talked to me ahead of time, to make sure we had a connection. The whole thing felt so out of this world… I could have an interview on my Friday night, and their Saturday morning in real time, and yet it takes 20 hours to fly to that side of the world. Australia is a place the Amish can never travel to unless they sail there, and then how many weeks does that take? And yet they were the topic of discussion.
The minutes on that high chair seemed forever long. I could hear other broadcasts from the earphone in my right ear, and then commercial breaks. Eventually my hosts, Samantha Armytage and Andrew O’Keefe began introducing the Amish story and then me. I soon figured out that there must be a time lag because I noticed that my hosts were trying to talk to me as I was still talking. And then a few minutes later, I heard someone say that they lost me, and I heard a commercial. It turned out that a few minutes into the show we lost our connection.
So I had my few moments in the sun, or should I say Sunrise. I found it to be a great experience, though it also has some kind of an unreal quality to it. If someone had told me while I was still Amish that I would someday be interviewed for television from the other side of our world, I would not have believed it. First of all, I wouldn’t have known it could ever be technologically possible. I wouldn’t have thought myself capable of such a thing either from the point of view of confidence or that I could do something so antithetical to my upbringing. It is pretty far from my humble and austere beginnings. I don’t know if that is good, bad, or indifferent, but I cannot help but notice it.
If only I could someday travel to that far and distant land…