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He hoped maybe some colorful flowers would cheer her up and put a smile on her face. It might make her more inclined to accept his invitation when he stopped by the schoolhouse after he finished shoeing Jacob’s horses, too. Amos’s buggy horse whinnied as if in response, and he chuckled. “You agree with me, Ed? Jah, well, for Mary Ellen’s sake, I hope I’ll be able to make Miriam see that we could all benefit if she and I were to marry. ” I By the end of the day, a pounding headache had overtaken Miriam.
On Monday morning, a few minutes after the school bell rang, Mary Ellen entered the classroom and presented Miriam with a small pot of newly opened heartsease. “These are from Pappy,” the child explained. ” She stared up at Miriam, her hazel-colored eyes looking ever so serious. “You always look so sad, Teacher. ” She placed the wild pansies on the teacher’s desk and hurried to her seat before Miriam had a chance to respond. Miriam studied the delicate flowers; they were a lovely shade of purple.
As she removed the stack of letters she had received from William during his time in Ohio, a sob caught in her throat. Her hands shook as she fumbled through the envelopes until she found his final letter. In a shaky voice, she read it out loud: Dear Miriam, I’ve always thought of you as a special friend, so I wanted you to be the first to hear my good news. I’ve fallen in love with a wonderful Amish woman—Lydia Stutzman. I love her so much, and we plan to be married in a few months. We’ll live here in Ohio, and I’ll keep painting for my uncle, as I’m sure you know that I could never be happy working as a farmer.