"Haven't had it," he answered.
"You haven't eaten turkey?"
Wow, that surprised me! Maybe it's just his family. Harvey, Mosie, and the others love turkey! And being raised on large farms, they love hunting.
So do the Amish acknowledge or celebrate Thanksgiving?
Some do. Some don't. They're aware of our "English" commemoration of this historic day but, as separatists from an Anabaptist tradition, many orders don't recognize our American - outsider - traditions.
John, who I blogged about, left his Old Order Amish community. He told me that growing up, he "had a fasting day on Thanksgiving Day."
"In the church service just prior to Thanksgiving," John continues, "the bishop would announce a reminder that Thanksgiving Day is coming up, and that we all need to keep it as a fasting and prayer day.
Fast Day means church members don't eat breakfast, and everybody stays home, spending time as a family. At noon we ate a regular meal, and spent the afternoon much like a Sunday at home, or went to visit the elderly and ailing folks.
"I guess you might say it was '"soberly thanking the Lord.'"
Rebecca, another former Old Order (OOA) said her settlement, "never celebrated thanksgiving or Christmas. I don't remember of being aware that such a thing as Holidays existed."
Ammon, who was Old Order Mennonite, or horse and buggy Mennonite, wrote to me, "they celebrate huge turkey dinners and pumpkinpies and large family reunions. They have thanksgiving church services in the forenoon."
There ya go, like I've always said here, there are many differences among the Amish. People who want to be informed and respectful, recognize that Amish are not all the same.
My mom usually asks, "Are ya having the boys in this year?" She means, am I including the ex-Amish guys. So far, all are from the Swartzentruber - or lowest - Amish order.
Usually, I answer Mom with, "Yep." But this year, each is scattered around the country. Levi moved to Iowa. Mosie's in North Carolina. Josh is dating Sarah and they'll probably want to be together at home. I've not heard from Noah. Monroe, I dunno, he might visit his still-Amish brother if he can dodge his unhappy-at-him parents.
My daughter Lynsey and her wonderful husband, my son-in-love Harvey (ex-Amish) will join us. Our younger daughter is teaching overseas and can't make it home. (sniffle. I'll miss her!) It could be us four this Thanksgiving. Or six ex-Amish may join. I remain flexible as our "family" swells and reduces year to year.
Whatever, or whoever is with us, we eat. A lot. Then we play games. Watch football on TV or watch movies, my hubs' fave, Christmas Vacation. We know that movie script by heart.
Question: What's your family doing for Thanksgiving?