Amish Protocol Question

Amish Buggy CrossingAt my local farmer’s market, there are a number of Amish farmers that come in and sell their produce, baked and canned goods. It is a great place to pick up foods that have no added chemicals. The Amish are quiet folks with good business sense and a sense of humor. I enjoy talking with them. There is one woman that comes every week that I call the tomato lady because she is the first and last to have tomatoes and the biggest variety.

My dilemma is that she wears a very striking coat on cool days. The coat is made according to Amish tradition of no trim and is handmade. It is an absolutely beautiful because of the simple lines and the excellent quality of the wool. I have wanted to tell her how beautiful I think it is but the Amish dress plainly to avoid calling attention to themselves.

I know I can complement her produce and honey because they are made by God and His work is to be praised. But her coat was made by a human for warmth and not to call attention to the wearer. Is it taboo to acknowledge the beauty of the coat? Will I offend her if I say something? I am looking for feedback on this question.

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2 thoughts on “Amish Protocol Question

  1. Ok, you have no idea how badly I wanted to write a bad Amish joke here. Something along the lines of “you could always friend her on Facebook” or whatnot.

    Honestly, I have never known anyone who would take offense at a simple, honestly delivered compliment. So, I say go right ahead. What’s the worst that could happen? The Amish aren’t exactly known for their raging tempers.

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