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Can You Talk to the Amish?

post #1 of 15
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I know this is a stupid question, but here's why I ask it:

I was in the Salvation Army today looking for wool sweaters to use for cloth diaper covers, and I wasn't sure if I could use a blend or if it needed to be 100% wool. I asked the lady who works there if she knew, but she didn't. There happened to be a handful of Amish couples there also. I thought this might be something one of the Amish women would know, b/c I assume they use like means to diaper their babies since they (again, I'm assuming) don't use disposables. But I didn't know if it was okay to talk to them. (I knew they heard me ask, but didn't offer up any info.) I know they're an exclusive group and keep to themselves, and have very strong opinions about the "English" (what they call Americans who aren't Amish), but I don't know if I asked them a question that would require more than a nod for an answer if they'd engage in a conversation.

This isn't the first time I've wanted to talk to an Amish lady in a store; I sew, and I had a bonnet question once, but didn't ask for the same reason I didn't ask the diaper question. I'm too nervous! What if they just look at me like I'm crazy and walk away? I don't personally know any Amish or anyone who has Amish friends, so I have no idea of it's okay for them to associate with people in the mainstream world. Anybody know the deal with that? (Please cut me some slack here--I'm not trying to sound stupid or prejudiced, I just don't know!!)
post #2 of 15
You can talk to them.

They typically are very friendly once you get to know them.
post #3 of 15
A Lot depends certain area growing up in WA they would never talk to us.
But here in WI they seem to be more friendly. A lot is if you approach them they may offer their advice but I don't think they are "allowed' to do it on their own
post #4 of 15
The Amish around here are pretty friendly and will wave at you even if they don't know you. They come in my store once in awhile. I even know a former Amish man that is one of our commercial accounts. I have seen them buy diapers before though, so not all of them use cloth. But, some still do I am sure.
My Dh manages the frozen food section and sees them buy the 5 gallon bucket of Country Fresh ice cream. One would usually assume that they make their own ice cream. Some have "ice boxes" which are simply refridgerators. They may dress different and take horse and buggys but they aren't that different from us anymore. I have seen them take rides into town with their "English" friends as well.
post #5 of 15
Yes, you can talk to them. Around here we really don't have any Amish communities, but there are several Mennonite families in our area that are very friendly once you get to know them. I have stopped to speak with several Mennonite women in the store before.
post #6 of 15
Yes you can talk to them. We had our home built by Amish. They are very nice.
post #7 of 15
Dh's family had several Amish men who used to work for them (before FIL and his brother retired). FIL and MIL also took a vacation with an Amish couple. You should totally ask them the question, and I bet they'd be happy to help if they could.
post #8 of 15
Sure you can talk to them........heck the Amish lady we buy our eggs from never shuts up!! I mean that in a nice way, it's fun to chat with her and i think she enjoys the outside company during her long days with just little ones at home to talk to.
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by Artie View Post

FIL and MIL also took a vacation with an Amish couple. You should totally ask them the question, and I bet they'd be happy to help if they could.

Where did they go? What did they do?
post #10 of 15
I don't see why not? I am guessing the reason they didn't offer up any information is because they might think it is rude to answer a question that wasn't asked to them. I have seen Amish people around here occasionally usually at wal-mart. I went to Amish Acres when I was younger which is a Amish community up north. I also went to an Amish fair as well. Last year i was flying back from vacation and I went to subway in the airport and there were two amish women flying to Hawaii!
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