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But the youth of today are just as likely to meet in the workplace, such as a shop or factory, or even in an adult-education computer class.
Much of Amish courtship ritual still centers around church and family, as it did for generations past.
This form of courtship has given rise to the persistent rumors of "bundling" among the Amish.
Bundling is a centuries-old custom that was practiced in many cultures and did not originate with the Amish.
But in many Amish communities today, teens date more openly, and more frequently.
The couple spends the evening together at her home, playing board games, making popcorn or just chatting, with her parents and family present, or later, alone in the living room after the rest of the family has gone to bed.
Although the typical "date" for a young Amish couple does not include going to movies, bars or dances, courtship customs have changed in the last generation or two."They get out a lot more now," commented one Amish grandmother, comparing her experience to that of today's Amish teens.
This middle-aged woman, like many of her generation, married a second cousin and never left her home community.
The couple would get into bed, fully dressed, and cover up with a quilt to keep warm as the fire died out in the fireplace or wood-burning stove.
Young people meet each other at the Sunday evening hymn sings, and a young man indicates his interest by offering a young lady a ride home in his buggy.
Although males and females are seated in separate sections in home church services, there is plenty of opportunity to get better acquainted while eating lunch or taking a walk around the farmyard in the afternoon.
“They treated me like a perp and took the job I loved away from me,” said Rivera, who has filed a notice with the city controller to sue the city for wrongful termination.
In addition to her relationship status, cops also used evidence of her taking her cousin, a convicted felon, to a train station as well as parking too close to a fire hydrant near her grandmother’s building as part of their case to fire her.As dusk gathers on a Saturday evening, many a young Amish man can be seen taking to the road in his single bench-seat buggy, piloting his horse to the home of a young lady who has agreed in advance to his visit.