But For One Thing

But For One Thing By Laura Bradford

Oftentimes, I wonder what it would be like to live as the Amish do. Could I go without TV and the internet? Could I give up my hair dryer and my curling iron? Interestingly enough, I think I could.

I’ve never been about TV. I’d much rather read a book.

The internet would be a little tougher to give up with my job as a writer, but without that line of work, I think I’d be okay.

As for the hair dryer and the curling iron, I guess knowing I could pin up my hair and cover it with a kapp would help.

But there’s one thing I’m not sure I could give up, and that’s my photographs of my loved ones. Looking at pictures from my children’s early childhood years and their various special events brings me joy. In fact, if my house was burning down and I knew everyone was safe, the one thing I’d consider going back for would be my photo albums. For me, my pictures are as much about reliving special moments as preserving a bit of history for my children and the generations that will follow. So many times, I’ve wished I could see pictures of my grandparents when they were growing up. I can imagine, sure, but to see the way they looked would be priceless.

So how about you? If you were to live as the Amish do, what would be easy to give up and what would be hard? Could you do it?


Laura is a former Agatha nominee and the recipient of an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award in romance. In her free time, Laura enjoys making memories with her family, traveling, baking, and visiting the sea lions at the Central Park Zoo. For more information and all the latest book news, visit her website at www.laurabradford.com.

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16 thoughts on “But For One Thing By Laura Bradford

  1. Hi Laura!

    What a thought provoking post! Most of the time, when we think of living like the Amish, we immediately think of giving of conveniences like electricity and phones (of air conditioning!)

    But photos tug at your heart. I have photos of my grandparents, their siblings, their houses, and even their pets. It helps to keep their memories close. You’re right…it would be hard to give those up!

  2. As a librarian I would find it difficult to give up books. And by extension the internet which I use to replace cookbooks, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and magazines. I don’t use curling irons or hairdriers: I have gone without television. I have lost puctures through disasters (fires) and moves. So rhere is little I could live without.
    Mostly I would miss indoor plumbing and washing machines!

  3. I could certainly give up a lot of the modern conveniences, my phone is my lifeline to some of my family. While I could sit down and write to them, and some of them I still do, what if I just needed to hear their voice? That would be hard!

    I also feel the same about my photographs, I love to sit down and reminisce.

  4. I am pretty sure I could do without most things, but I would have to have some kind of a/c. I dont care how it was rigged, I have to have it. And now that you mention it, photos would be very hard to give up. Maybe if I was artistic I could draw them, but I do not think that is allowed either is it?

    1. They can draw, just not graven images. This is actually a big plot point in my upcoming Women’s Fiction novel, Portrait of a Sister (release date: June 26th…pre-order available now).

  5. I never thought about it much photos would be difficult but I think the timee to read would be harder. The simple life is busy with household tasks and nit much leisure time.

    1. I think some of the leisure times comes after supper, when the chores are done. That’s the time to play games and catch up. But most definitely there would be far less time for “me” things.

  6. I think the hardest thing to give up, for me, would be the internet. I don’t get out much and this keeps me in touch with family and friends. As far as what would be easy….my closet of clothes! How nice to not have to worry about what to wear!! I visit with my Amish friends and I realize that so much of what we think we could do without….in reality, we would have a hard time…..refrigeration, internet, higher education, safe transportation, etc. We think we could, but the reality is….probably not.

  7. I think I’d have the most trouble giving up personal freedom. I’ve survived without tv and electricity but I like being able to read what I want, wear what I want and go where I want to within reason.

  8. It is hard to narrow it down, but I agree about photographs, which keep memories alive and provide so much joy and entertainment and connect friends and family. The Internet would also be a big loss because I use it so much in my job as a librarian and in my personal life. I feel that my life would be so much narrower without it, but maybe that would be a good thing in some respects.

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