We went to an Amish market today to buy beautiful produce and delicious raw honey. It is so interesting to learn more about the plain communities through my friend who works with them at the Medical clinic. I honestly couldn’t guess the age of the woman who operated the old cash register (without electricity, of course!), but my friend could tell me a lot about the community to which she belonged just by the way she was dressed (the pleats on the dress, the type of bonnet, shoes, etc.), her accent and the fact that she made direct eye contact with us. I’m currently listening to Educated on audiobook, a memoir from a girl my age who was raised in a Mormon survivalist family, and find it so fascinating to understand better how it is to be raised in a very religious home and all that it entails. The more knowledge we have, the less we tend to judge the difference we see in others. That is at the heart of our homeschooling.