Naomi left her Amish family and became a nurse.
“It wasn’t a decision that one day I just decided to not be Amish. It wasn’t like that at all. It was a gradual thing.”
“I’ve always felt called to do nursing, but education is a huge threat to the Amish. Having an education means some big job somewhere that would take you out of the community. In the dominant culture of America, I would have been the good kid — putting myself through college and working full time, but to the Amish I was a little bit of a rebel. I can just imagine some Amish guys stroking their beard and shaking their head, and that’s hard for me. I don’t want to offend my culture. I don’t really know how I would do it differently if I had it to do over, but I wish somehow it wouldn’t have to be like that.”