Saw four women coming into an ice cream place. All wearing a distinctive covering at the back of the head. All with similarly immaculately-styled longer dresses. So used to hijab, these days, but not this.
Asked if they were Mennonite. Only one spoke. Another would not look me in the eye. The others simply waited for the one to speak. Said yes. I asked “Old Order“? Being an attempt at some weak demonstration of some vague recollection.
No, those are the ones who drive with horse and buggy. We are members of the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite. We drive cars. We wear the head coverings, since we never know when we will be praying, and always want to show respect before God.
Turns out to be a small group, otherwise known as the Holdeman Mennonite, of no more than 25,000 people, worldwide.
Honoured to be in the presence of four.