Amish Outcast Has Mixed Feelings on Former Life
January 31, 2014
Jan Edwards has many fond memories from the more than a decade that her family spent living among the Amish in Guernsey County.
She talks of weaving hats with friends and entering neighbors’ houses without knocking. The pictures she has painted in her Groveport home show things such as a baby being diapered, children playing with kittens and an after-dinner checkers game.
What the paintings don’t show is the pain Edwards and her family endured when they were shunned — she calls it an excommunication — by the people with whom she had become so close that they knew her shoe size. It’s been about 25 years, but she still remembers feeling lost when the community turned its back on her for skipping church.
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