“I felt the weight of the deep and abiding traditions of my ancestors on my shoulders,” Furlong wrote. She capitulated and returned to the community with them.
She spent the next two years trying to “make myself Amish again.” Born with a nature that did not fit into Amish culture, she was labeled stubborn and rebellious.
“It was a mismatch from the start,” she wrote. Her ties to the outside world remained through the quiet perseverance of the toymaker from Vermont, David Furlong.
After leaving the Amish, the author married David Furlong and they had two sons. She graduated from Smith College in May 2007 with a major in German studies and a minor in philosophy. While she was at Smith, she completed an internship with noted Amish expert Dr. Donald Kraybill at Elizabethtown College.
The North Andover Middle School seats more than 500. The doors will open at 2 p.m. and the program will start at 2:30 p.m. Furlong’s presentation is free due to the support of the Friends of the Stevens Memorial Library.