FAMILY PHOTO:Back row, Marvin Bauman, 26; Steven, 19; Kevin, 20; Ivin, 16; (yes, Ivin is spelled Ivin and not Ivan) and family patriarch, John Bauman. Front row: Marvin’s wife and daughter, Rosanna, Joanna, and matriarch, Yvonne.
Q & A With Rosanna:
At age 24 Rosanna Bauman offers a younger generation’s “plain perspective.” She is very well-spoken, hard-working, and articulate. She took some time recently to have a conversation with me and I’ll share some snippets from it over the weeks ahead.
Editor Kevin: What is the biggest misconception that you find people have about the German Baptists?
Rosanna: Is that we are Amish. And I can see how people might think that with our Plain dress,but there really isn’t much overlap between the two religions. The family structure is also similar to the Amish.
EditorKevin: A few readers have asked about the girl in the photo above with the “different red dress”
Rosanna: <laughs> That is my 12-year-old sister Joanna. She is not baptized yet, so she doesn’t have to dress according to the church rules. Editor’s note: The German Baptists – likethe Amish – are considered Anabaptists which means people become baptized into the faith as adults. Rosanna says often baptism comes in their church around age 16.
EditorKevin: Describe a typical meal menu at your house.
Rosanna: Typical supper might consist of a meat and a starch and a vegetable and typically a bread. . It could be a casserole. We do a lot of grilling. So if chicken is on the menu, we grill it. Mom’s specialty is mashed potatoes. We are a meat and potatoes kind of family. Green beans, corn, and peas are also favorites. Homemade biscuits and breadsticks are often served. We aren’t a huge dessert family. We might have a dessert two or three nights a week. Peach upside cake or cobbler are favorites. We have cobblers a lot since they are quick. Breakfast is a lot of eggs. We can’t afford to eat our good eggs, just our cracked eggs. We alternate between eggs but on another morning we will have pancakes, next morning we will have scrambled eggs, toast, and the next morning waffles. Typically we don’t have the same breakfast twice in a week.
EditorKevin: Is there much interaction between your family and the Amish? I know there is an Amish community in Garnett.
Rosanna: We probably do so more than most families. Our house was once an Amish house. The first year we moved here we had to run everything practically from one electrical outlet! We still have the gas lights in the house because they are handy. All of our neighbors are Amish. We have Amish employees, two Amish employees out of the six that came to help us dress chickens yesterday were Amish. Mom has for the last 16 years been a driver for the Amish.