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holly at lake 006… remember me?

How could I not?

Amish Jacob and his Amish brothers put a new roof on my house. And they built a shed for me.

And they have a really cool store with Amish produce and plants and … Shoofly Pie … a wonderful concoction of flaky crust and thick molasses center … sometimes topped with black walnuts.

“Sure, Jacob. Haven’t heard from you for a while. What can I do for you?”

Note to Self: Maybe if you don’t want to be running errands for folks, you should stop leading the conversation with “What can I do for you?”

“Well, since you asked, I was wondering if you could go to Health First for me and pick up a few things.”

Holly wonders what Health First is. Turns out it is a Chiropractic location in town that also sells Homeopathic Vitamins and whatnot.

As Jacob gave me the long shopping list of items needed, visions of latter-day Shoofly Pie lunches ran through my mind.

“No problem, Jacob. It doesn’t open until 9:00, but I’d be glad to …”

“And while you’re at it, would you mind going to the Aldi’s grocery store next to it and getting some Organic Apple Juice and … “

Good old Holly. Of course I said yes.

Shoofly Pie is a powerful motivator.

amish 010An hour later I found myself pulling up to the store located in the cluster of houses and barns at the top of the hill where they all lived.

I said hello to one and all.

It is amazing how many of the small family unit I have met over the last year.

And yes, I know that it is not customary to take pictures of the folks. I swear I thought he had already gotten out of the cart when I snapped the picture.

No, that’s not Jacob. It is his older brother.

amish 011But the thing that caught my attention was the young child … looking pensively over the edge of the cart.

And I found myself wondering what kind of life she had in store.

Did her parents already have her future husband planned for her?

Or would she find herself to be one of the members of the community who chose to leave and join the English?

Either way, she will grow in a loving warm family with a great work ethic.

Oh. And for what it’s worth. There was no Shoofly Pie.

But they did have Pumpkin Gobs.