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Tuesday, 27 December 2005



"It really never is possible to leave the Mennonites, even after you have left..."

These words are so true, Cheryl.

Some of my heritage is worth hanging on to, other parts I want to eliminate.

I'm glad to hear that there are others out there in the blogosphere who have been raised Mennonite. Once you leave the Mennonites, there is little contact with your roots, and sometimes it's lonely. More often than not, people look at you like you're some sort of freak if you tell them you never saw a movie or flew in a plane until age 18, never attended a dance until college, and that you grew up without a TV.

It's even more wierd that you can sing the hymns by heart at your grandfather's funeral, even if you haven't sung them in a decade.

And, there's always the party trick that always astonishes people at urban cocktail parties while you are smoking a cigar and wearing a red dress that shows your cleavage: reciting scripture! Not many people in my diverse social circles can do THAT!!!! :-)


I too was raised Conservative mennonite in western MD. There are certain aspects of Mennonite culture that have stuck.

I became a bartender and had a good time with quoting scripture, etc.

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