There are a few things I really needed to get used to when I let the Country Boy into my life:
- eating things taken while hunting
- scruffy beards
- giant trucks
- dirt roads leading to camps deep in the woods
- strong connections with the Amish community
That last one has been especially helpful over the years. Eli the Amish Guy has done a great job with the Country Boy on the fence in the pasture. Eli’s father is the go-to man for bearings and any machining that needs to be done. Ben and Co. got Spike and Ike into perfect form for pulling the wedding carriage (in pink bows to boot!). And then there is Samuel.
Samuel is a young Amish man who has been under the Country Boy’s wing for several years. That must be a good thing because I can’t imagine how rebellious he would’ve been had he not been close to a good-hearted mentor. In the years that I have known Samuel, he has purchased more electronics than anyone else in my city world circles. He had a new mp3 player or phone nearly every time I saw him. When he was at the wedding and pulled out his iPhone my nephew, Jason, said, “No offense, but how do you charge that thing?” Not a bad question to ask a Amish guy and I am sure it was something lots of people were thinking. (Generator was the response if you were wondering.)
Samuel has also purchased a car (not sure he ever really drove it that much), would spend hours watching movies and TV shows, and took up smoking a pipe. Thankfully, the Country Boy got him out of the smoking habit when they were preparing for the Colorado hunting trip last fall. He’s done other things, too, including some that got him into trouble with the Bishop of his church and his parents. Overall, though, he seemed like the average teenager just trying to push the limits.
There was a brief time when the lure of life outside the Amish community seem to be too much for Samuel. The Country Boy and others talked him out of making that move, thankfully. (Life ain’t always greener on the other side of the pasture, you know what I mean.)
And so that has led us to this weekend. Samuel is going to be published.
Nope, he didn’t write a book or newsletter article.
Getting published means he’s getting hitched, and I’m not talking buggies and horses.
This is a big deal in the Amish world. Getting married is the step into adulthood and full membership into the church. Sam and his bride-to-be will have their ceremony either on Tuesday or Thursday next week. Country Boy is pretty confident he’ll be invited. I’ll have to wait and see if I can go or not – nothing personal, just whether their Bishop allows that many English folks to attend.
Do not ask for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee, Samuel.
And trust me, your life will never be the same (but I am pretty confident it will be better than you even expect).