Would you care to make a guess about the specific Old Order of the Amish to which this woman and her son belong? It may be the Schwartzentruber order, but they are usually dressed entirely in black. Still, I am certain that it is one of the more conservative of the Old Orders. The heavy bonnet was long and black, and the little boy was barefooted that day. And it was quite hot. We tend to mistakenly romanticize Amish culture, but sometimes we just have to admit that it is a very hard lifestyle. I am often astonished by the level of commitment that it takes to live this way. My tenth novel, nearing completion, addresses some of these difficult aspects of the most conservative of the orders.