How To Buy Things In Amish Country

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When I was in middle school, my family and I took a trip down to Amish country in the southern border of New York and Pennsylvania. I had brought along a few dollars, just in case I saw something that caught my eye- like a honey stick or a slingshot. I walked around the shops, looking at homemade jams, horse shoes, and all sorts of items that I recognized- but didn’t know could be made out of wood. For example: toilet seats. While strolling through one of the shops I found a simple little apron, with a large front pouch that was filled with Crayola crayons. My jaw dropped, this was the perfect Christmas gift for my arts-and-crafts-loving sister. The price tag read $20- and I only had $10…. layaway it had to be.

I walked up to the ”register” (a women sitting at a table) and asked, ”What is the layaway policy here?” Silence. Seconds passed, and not a word was spoken. I repeated myself. Still nothing. Then my mother appeared and asked me what I was doing. When I explained that I was trying to put the apron on layaway my mom burst out laughing. She lent me the remaining $10 and I bought that apron.

Needless to say, the apron was one of the more forgettable Christmas gifts that year and we haven’t been able to find it for close to a decade.  But I learned a valuable lesson that day: layaway is not a universal concept.

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Zachary Tomasik is 5’11”, ruggedly good looking, has a charming wit, lives with his parents, and was single for a long long time. Now I’ve got a really great girlfriend that probably is too good for me, but she hasn’t figured that out yet. I like running, reading about running, science, and eating. Healthy food of course being that I’m really fit. Duh. I could mention that I’m a tad insecure but that has probably been well highlighted by the majority of my bio. Carry on.

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