There are some words in the Amish language that I really have no clue how to translate. Mondli is one of them.
Rosy and Sunbeam were poking around in the attic yesterday and found my doll's mondli and wondered what it was. This is the explanation I had for them:
A mondli is something little girls in the more conservative Amish churches wear from the time of birth to six or seven years old when ever they go to church if it is cold or chilly. It's an awkward contraption. Basically a floor length sleeveless coat with a big cape type collar and buttons down the front from the collar all the way to your ankles.
Not only is it awkward, it's somewhat dangerous as well since your arms are trapped inside if you happen to stumble you couldn't regain your balance or put out your hands to protect yourself from the fall. Some of the nastiest tumbles I ever took involved wearing a mondli.
Rosy couldn't remember ever wearing her mondli since she was only two when we moved to an Amish community where little girls were free to wear coats. They were both glad to have been spared wearing them and I can't say that I blame them.