Friday, April 11, 2014

J ~ Jobs

Growing up Amish, and a girl, my choice of a job or career was extremely limited. Especially in the community we lived in.

I essentially had five options.
  1. Get married and be a wife and mother.
  2. Become a teacher at one of the Amish schools.
  3. Work as a hired girl for mothers the first six weeks after a baby arrives.
  4. Do quilting.
  5. Have a bakery.
I used to dream of being a teacher, salary was horrible at only $11.10 per day, but that was still better than option three and being paid only $5.00 a day for being over worked often catching up on all sorts of jobs the mother didn't enjoy on top of caring for all the housework and often a lot of little children. That option did not appeal to me at all.

I hated quilting, so that was out.

I enjoyed baking, but not all the time. I knew there was no way I wanted to have a bakery.

As it turned out I fell head over heels in love and option one was the only thing I cared about.


  1. And I m sure you are enjoying your choice :)

    Sharu x
    A-Z April Challenge Participant

  2. And just look how well it turned out for you! Sometimes what life offers us is so much better than what we'd hoped/planned for.

  3. Even though it is the hardest job in the word, option one is the one that can have the biggest impact on the world! I love that the Amish community seems to hold mothers in high esteem because their jobs are SO important.

  4. There is a saying, "The hand that rocks the cradle, rules the world." I'm not sure who said it first but it is definitely true. There is no more noble profession than being a wife and mother.
    I don't think I would be a good teacher, mothers helper, baker or quilter either, although I enjoy each of them on a limited basis. :-)

  5. Hey! Stopping by from the A to Z challenge. Lovely post. I love teaching too!

  6. The best job in the world!! Good for you! :-)

  7. Have you ever posted about why you left the Amish? I'm just a curious old soul.

  8. Have you ever posted about why you left the Amish? I'm just a curious old soul.

  9. I'd say God had a plan for you and knew which option would serve you best. :)


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