I actually participated in wrestling in high school for awhile during my freshman year. But it just wasn’t for me. I liked the intense work-outs but it when it actually came down to competing on the mat, I never could learn the mechanics. Running is a better fit for me, a solo sport that can be done anywhere and anytime.
I love this story because it truly does illustrate the huge variations you can find within the Amish church. Occasionally I am asked about “mixed marriages”, between Amish and English and my answer is “I’m not aware of any.” It would just be a very difficult dynamic to sustain. Of course I’ve heard of outsiders falling in love with an Amish person and joining the church, or vice-versa. Even that, though, is more common in fiction than reality (although it definitely does occur) But falling in love and each spouse remaining in their respective religions? I haven’t heard of such a case, until now.
The article’s focus is on wrestling, so there are a ton of unanswered questions and I may try to track down this family to talk to them some more. But check out the article here. But how the heck do they handle the religious and cultural differences? Does the wife have a horse and buggy and the man a car? Do they have “selective electricity” in the house…for instance, maybe some electric lights but no television or internet? She dresses plainly and he doesn’t? The article makes it sound as if the boys do at least when they are younger?
My guess is that the woman’s church is a more progressive Amish church so that the gulf they have to bridge is less wide. I can’t imagine a more conservative Amish church accepting this arrangement and I just can’t imagine being married to, say, a Swartzentruber Amish woman…I just don’t think it could work if her church rules were too conservative. What are your thoughts?