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FROM THE BARN TO THE STAGE

Amish Farmboy Roots


My childhood and teen years were spent working on my parents farm. They had adopted many of the traditions and dress codes of the Amish and Mennonite communities. A television was not allowed in the home so watching movies was out of the question. My parents adhered to many strict rules pertaining to various aspects of life. Drinking, swearing, and listening to music was not allowed unless it was acapella worship music. Dating was forbidden as was touching someone of the opposite sex outside of marriage. I was homeschooleded all my academic years as my parents did their best to shelter me from any outside influences. I was barely ever allowed off the farm and if I was it was with one of my parents to run an errand in town or working on a construction site with my father. Besides that, I was restricted to the farm.




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