You don’t want him to see something, to notice something. I love Maine, it’s beautiful and I could see myself living there.
I’ve actually tried looking for a job and looking for a place to live up there, but it just doesn’t work out.
Olga Khazan: What technology were you already using when you left? Another person that had been Amish and had left gave me the cellphone. Khazan: How did you figure out how to use it when the time came? Gingerich: I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to hear anybody because I had never talked to somebody on the phone. That encouraged me to look more and more and more, to see if there was more stuff out there about my family that I don’t know about. Gingerich: He was accused of sleeping with his daughters.
Gingerich: I just dialed a number and figured out what button to push to make it call out. [I thought], “ All kinds of things were going through my head. Khazan: How did that affect you, seeing information about your granddad on the Internet? Some of them do have a phone outside the house in a little shack. The thing is, if people do split off to a more a liberal church, the ones that stay, family members are divided, even. Gingerich: The family that I stayed with in Missouri for a few days, they knew the people in Harlingen, so they got me in touch.
I’ve had guys who were interested in dating me, but they would never call me, and I don’t like that.
I dated a guy for nine months in Stephenville, and we never once talked on the phone until the day after we broke up.
I don’t think he wanted to, but I also don’t know why I didn’t make the effort to talk to him on the phone.
I guess because I never saw him talking on it—except to his mom.
Gingerich: If I go to my parent’s place, then my dad has put his foot down, you're going to wear Amish clothes when you come here. Khazan: Last time we talked, one of the things you mentioned really enjoying about your new life was the ability to eat ice cream whenever you want, since the Amish don’t have freezers.
Is there anything else like that that you’ve been thinking about?