When I was growing up, the bishop always preached that we were not to worry because it indicated a lack of faith in God. But I cannot help from worrying right now as Alejandro is in Miami while the kinner and I are on the farm. He says I should be thankful that we are in Pennsylvania and he has done his best to reassure me that he is taking care of himself.
Still, I worry.
When Sarah Price asked me to start writing blogs for Amish Fiction Authors, I hesitated. After all, I’m not an author, that’s for sure and certain. But, then again, Sarah reminded me of all those hours we sat together, usually over coffee in the mornings on the farm when the kinner were at school, talking about how I met Alejandro and our story.
It makes me smile when I think back all those years to when we met, quite by accident, in New York City. How far we have come over the past two-plus decades. How many lives we have lived. And how many times we struggled, trying hard to understand each other.
It wasn’t always easy. His lifestyle had been so very different than mine. Still is, in many ways. True, he surprised me that Christmas over ten years ago by announcing he’d move us back to Pennsylvania. It was a welcomed gift, to be able to raise the kinner among my family and away from the paparazzi and fans that always seemed to know where “Viper” and I were.
It always amazed me how, over the years, their interest in me never faded. So, returning to Lancaster County was truly the best gift that Alejandro ever gave me…apart from the kinner.
While Alejandro is stuck in Miami, I have been helping Anna keep the little ones busy with random chores around the house. Isadora has returned home from college—all college students have been sent home, it appears. We kept her away from Maem for a while, just to be on the safe side. But, as always, Isadora has been happy to spend her days outside, preparing the garden soil for spring planting. She always loved her garden. I’m not quite certain if she’ll be returning when this crisis is over. Alejandro may have been mistaken to encourage her to attend college after all.
If you followed our story, you shouldn’t be surprised that the honor for hardest to tame and keep occupied falls upon my Sofia and Nicolas. She’s in the midst of her rumschpringe right now and eager to explore everything. I can hardly keep her on the farm. Why! Just the other day, she snuck over to visit with Lizzie Lapp! I’m sure that the Lapps were not happy with that! The bishop ordered all of us to stay at home for the time being and that’s what we all agreed to do. Well, everyone except Sofia. I’ll have to watch her closer, I reckon.
So, you can see that I have a lot to worry about. Alejandro being far away and unable to travel home to us and Sofia being far too much of a rebel, feeling that rules do not apply to her. And, of course, praying that this country and world returns to health quickly.
In the meantime, I will think of more stories to write for Sarah and for her readers. I am looking forward to the challenge. It help me ease my fears when I put pen to paper and share my thoughts.