It’s no secret that I love Mennonites.
I live in Mennonite country. I tweet about them on a fairly regular basis. I count how many I see when I go to Walmart. Sometimes I get to work with Mennonite children. I do a rather good job of speaking with a Mennonite accent. I love learning new things about Mennonites. I love their dresses and their straw hats and their bonnets. One of my favourite books of all time is written by a Mennonite. When I’m driving around town and I see a tiny Mennonite child in a buggy, I squeal with delight.
I just really love Mennonites.
Have a look at this Mennonite couple:
Please note the bonnet, the black clothes, and the giant beard. These Mennonites have it going on. They probably had horses and buggies. They were probably farmers. They probably had more than 5 children. They probably churned their own butter and sewed all their own clothes. In short: they’re awesome Mennonites. What’s not to love?
Over the years, I’ve acquired quite a bit of knowledge about Mennonites, and I can tell you that even in this area where there is a large Mennonite population, they are largely misunderstood. People think there is no difference between Mennonites and the Amish (oh but there is!). They think that all Mennonites have horse and buggies (but they don’t!). They think Mennonites are strange and oppressed people (they’re not!).
I would like to tell you all about Mennonites, because they are fascinatingly wonderful and I think we can learn a lot from their culture. I also need your help to structure this series of posts.
Do you have any questions about Mennonites? What do you really wonder about when it comes to this group of people? I know you have questions. Leave them in the comments, and I’ll do my best to answer them in upcoming posts.
At this point in time, you may be wondering what makes me qualified to teach you about Mennonites. I live a normal life, I have a car, I don’t wear a bonnet or a dress. I certainly don’t till the earth or have a manure pile in my backyard. Well.
The Mennonites in the picture? Those are my great-grandparents.