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Part 14: “If You Promise You Won’t Tell: A Memoir”

Chapter 5: Smiling into My Future, continued I entered second grade with more than a little trepidation. I’d heard about the second-grade teacher, Mrs. Tackacs. There were all kinds of rumors about her. I was told she was really mean. Someone claimed she had stepped on a boy’s leg on purpose because he had it out in the aisle. Had …

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Part 13: “If You Promise You Won’t Tell: A Memoir”

Chapter 5: Smiling into My Future, continued The summer after my first grade, Datt was looking for a paying job. I don’t know whether he had the motivation himself to go and look for work, or if Mem or his mother talked him into it. He had been forlorn for so long it seemed no one could have gotten him …

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Part 12: “If You Promise You Won’t Tell: A Memoir”

Chapter 5: Smiling into My Future, continued I was still in first grade when my youngest sister Katherine was born. For reasons I don’t understand, I have no memories of the circumstances surrounding her birth. In my mind, she was not there one day, but then suddenly she was. I was a month away from turning seven, and it felt …

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Part 11: “If You Promise You Won’t Tell: A Memoir”

Chapter 5. Smiling into My Future Only by joy and sorrow does a person know anything about themselves and their destiny. —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe When I entered first grade, I was still the only Amish child in my class. There were times when I had to stay on the sidelines. During exercises in the gym there were certain things …

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A Parent’s Worst Nightmare

Last night I read a bizarre story that happened in upstate New York, near the Pennsylvania border. An Amish three-year-old leaned against an emergency window in the back of a minibus. The window opened and spilled the boy onto Interstate 81. He was found running along the side of the highway. He sustained bumps and bruises, but was okay. This …

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Mem: Life Lessons I Learned from My Amish Mother, Part 2

Three years later, in February of 2014, I published my second book, Bonnet Strings: An Amish Woman’s Ties to Two Worlds. That summer I realized that even though I have written two books that recalled memories of my Amish childhood and I did not shy away from writing about the abuse I endured at the hands of my father, my …

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