The following is written by ex-Amish community leader Mose Gingerich who’s featured on the new series Amish: Out of Order:
That’s me down here in this imaginary hole I’ve crawled into in the last week or so. Things have come so thick and fast with thousands of emails, text msgs, phone calls, and random people just stopping by the car dealership where I work, that I have found a happy place in the back of my mind where I go and hibernate for periods at a time. That being said, please keep the email, Facebook, and Twitter communications coming. I enjoy it, but if I don’t get back to you for a day or so, It’s because I am visiting my “Happy Place”.
On to the re-cap of episode 3, Can’t Go Home Again:
There was probably no one who was more relieved then I was when I finally was allowed into Jonas’ hospital room and realized I could get him to respond a little. I did feel very badly for him about the fact that not only had he just lost a car, his job (at least until he can get back up and running), but also the blow of his family.
A little behind the scenes footage. It was extremely difficult to get a hospital to let us film inside their premises. If you notice, some of the original stuff, like the scene between Hoss and I, was shot out on the side walk off the hospital property. It takes quite a while to work your way to the top of the chain of command at a large hospital like that to finally get permission to film inside the walls.
A scene that I had forgotten about, but that you can find on NatGeo’s website is where I was visiting Jonas at the hospital, and I felt bad that they had him on just tubes and liquid, so I snuck in a bag of cheese and gave him some of that without hospital staff knowing about it. You can see that clip here…
It is amazing, and I never fail to be proud, when someone of the ex Amish falls upon hard times, the others go back to default settings, and everyone comes out and shows their support. It’s times like these when you realize that differences, regardless how big or small, vanish when one of us gets in trouble.
For those of you who remember some of the other shows I’ve been a part of. When Amos M. left the Amish, he moved in with Shana and I, like so many other kids did. He worked on my construction crew. In 2010, when I finally had to get out of construction and find work elsewhere, Amos moved out and started his own little community about 45 minutes from my home. It is here that Hoss and Peggy started coming into the picture. I was impressed with how quickly the Ex-Amish kids took to Hoss and Peggy. Currently Hoss is very active in helping these kids fix broken cars, and other things they need.
Curtis, oh Curtis. Although I didn’t give him an opportunity to get too close, It is not unusual for someone like him to try to come into the community and, with the Lord by their side, feel obligated to lead the kids to a better place, out of the concern of their heart. I suppose my thoughts here are these. Most of these kids left the Amish community because of the Curtis’ within the Amish community. It will be very difficult for a stranger to come in and convert or successfully condemn these kids.
What’s ahead in Episode 104, Amish: Out of Order: 9-5 Amish:
Episode 4 begins with me taking a trip out East to help build an Amish style barn. It again follows Michaela some more as she tries her hand at another Amish place. I might add that many times during her searching for the proper place for her in life, as in episode 4, I felt my heart strings tugged remembering when I was at that exact same place in my life. Somehow, in a strange way, from two completely different worlds and backgrounds, I found that we had so much in common, and were alike in so many ways! But before I go to far and let the end of her story slip, lets move on to other things.
A massive tornado 1/2 mile wide and 6 miles long, made it’s way right through the heart of Joplin, Mo last year. With the help of Chris L. and Albert L., we got together a bunch of boys, and go to help rebuild some of the damaged houses. Joplin was one of the worst things I’ve ever witnessed! Some of the stories I heard while I was down there brought one to tears. The man who was found lying face down in his bath tub on top of his 2 very small daughters trying to protect them by sacrificing his own life, yet the house collapsed and killed all 3.
A military man happened to be eating in a Pizza Hut when the tornado touched down, rounded up everyone inside from customers to employees, made them go inside the walk-in ice box, but there was no way to close the door from the inside, so he stood outside and tied a bungy cord around the handle and held it shut. He saved the life’s of 16 people, but his own body has never been found. After a visit like that, you are truly grateful for your own life, house, and healthy family.
Might I add that in this episode it does spend more time on me trying to find a place for Michaela to live. I was thouroughly disappointed in the fact that I was unable to find her a place in an Amish community for a while.
Some food for thought here. Is it just me, or do I talk slow and monotonous on camera? Because I find myself praying that someone else will appear on the screen so I can fade out.
All teasing and contemplating aside, I do feel that this episode is probably the deepest and most loaded episode to this point. I hope you like it, and you can tell me so. I sometimes don’t get internet from down here in my little “Happy Place”, but when I do, you can tell me whether or not you agree with me.
Until next time, Machs Gut! (Make it good)
You can also check me out at my personal blog at www.amishinthecitymose.com.