IN THIS WORLD BUT NOT OF IT – Amish core belief
It was just a few years ago when I discovered a tradition of my grandmother’s that would open my eyes to a different world. For years, my grandmother would have toffee sent and I got to sample delicious candy of the highest and freshest quality. Each year, the toffee, shipped all the way from Wisconsin, arrived in Arizona maintaining the same divine consistency I recalled from the previous year. Intrigued, I inquired where my grandmother had discovered this delicious candy, second to none.
My grandmother described how each year she would write a check to the Amish in Wisconsin and send away for their renowned toffee. It took weeks, she explained, for the process to finalize, as the Amish do not connect with the outside world in ways we take for granted such as telephones, automobiles, radio, and the Internet. “But why wait?” I asked, thinking there must be a way to share these treats with the rest of the world with greater ease and efficiency.
And that is exactly what I sought to do by contacting the Amish family in Wisconsin responsible for producing these sumptuous delights. After exchanging a few letters with the family, one plane and car ride later, we had our first in-person meeting. The family and I brainstormed a way to make their candies more accessible to the modern world without crossing their cultural boundaries, beliefs, and traditions. I have established a relationship built around trust, as I represent their candy in the modern or “English” world. The best part? The Amish continue to uphold the same beliefs and practices that have made these exquisite treats possible. Enjoy the candy – with each bite you will be able to taste the Amish way of life.
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