After her fiancé, Daniel Beachy, died in a buggy accident, schoolteacher Ruth Yoder decided to move out of her parents’ home and into the house he’d built for their married life together. Ruth has lived alone for the past eleven years.
When David Hershberger, a widower, starts spending time with her, Ruth is surprised. David’s children are amazed, too, that their father is interested in their longtime neighbor. Ruth hopes that she and David will become more than friends. But since David lost his wife, Irene, the love of his life and mother of their children, David can’t imagine anyone taking her place in his heart. His children and Ruth’s sister also aren’t so sure that the relationship should develop.
Although Ruth prays that she might finally become a wife, she will follow whatever path God has chosen for her.
After Ruth told David goodbye, she entered her quiet house. She couldn’t stop thinking about David. She’d never felt this way about a man since Daniel. With being a teacher for the past twenty years, she’d taught all of his children, including his firstborn, Peter. David and she had spoken through the years with being neighbors and having parent-teacher conferences. But she’d never thought of him in a romantic way, until he’d taken her to Weaver’s Bakery on that snowy afternoon. Well, of course, it was good that she hadn’t been interested in him when he’d been married to Irene. That would have been wrong. It made her feel old to think how many of her first scholars were married with children. Of course, she was only fifteen when she started teaching. She never expected to teach this long. She’d turned her resignation in before Daniel died. Fortunately, the school board of parents and bishop hadn’t hired a teacher to replace her, so she was able to keep her job. That had been a huge blessing because she needed to have something positive to focus on after losing Daniel.
She’d decided that God had wanted her to continue to teach. Teaching was a rewarding profession; she definitely held the record of teaching the longest in an Amish school. Usually a female teacher only taught until she married. Sometimes a married woman might teach until expecting the first baby, but that didn’t happen often. Married teachers never returned to teaching until all her children were in school.
That had been my plan, Ruth thought sadly.
A chemistry existed between her and David, but was it strong enough for marriage? Perhaps, she shouldn’t have mentioned James to David, but it slipped out when he’d asked if her sister ever played matchmaker. David said she’d be a good mother to James’ children, but he also mentioned the twins would miss her as a teacher. Would David miss her if she left Fields Corner to marry James? Now, she was being silly. James hadn’t approached her about a possible union between them.
I wish David had said more about his feelings and our relationship, but he did agree to come to supper one evening this week. Will he be able to someday move on with his life and consider marriage again? She sighed. It’s hard sometimes to be a single woman....and lonely. I hope it’s in God’s plan for me to be a wife and mother before it’s too late.