Sarah watched Jacob through her window as he unhitched his horse from the buggy and led him into the barn. He paused, then he asked, “How many children do they have now? I’ve been told that bed courtship originated in Europe when our ancestors were being persecuted and practiced “bundling.” A young couple would hide from the authorities in an upstairs bedroom, where it was often quite cold.
She lit the oil lamp on the nightstand and put on her light blue nightdress. ” “They just had their fourth.” Jacob sat on the chair by the window to take off his shoes. Henry’s teeth had gotten in the way, and John had grabbed at her night dress, trying to open her buttons. They would get under the covers in a bed that had a board down the middle to separate them.
The first date with someone could be embarrassing, especially if they didn’t go to a young folks’ gathering first. When they fell asleep in each other’s arms, their sleep was as soft as their kisses.
She twisted her head covering strings and accepted the date. He was short and stocky with big shoulders, a round face with freckles, and blue eyes. ” she asked, aware how tight her night dress fit over her breasts. “Yes, but sometimes he likes to play tricks on people, so I wasn’t sure,” Jacob answered. At four in the morning, Jacob hitched up his horse and drove home for chores. She lay awake and imagined another date with him next week.
It is not clear to me what traditions these new communities have started around courtship.
But to my knowledge, none of them include the “benign kind of date in mainstream American culture” of going out to dinner together.
They describe the show as: Three couples–two Amish and one ex-Amish–reveal courtship, engagement, and marriage among the Amish.