We talked about stereotypes in the high school English classroom where I subbed the Friday before Christmas break. After we read aloud a short story about stereotypes, I shared from my experience.
"Often people ask me if I'm Amish," I said. "Sometimes I feel like they're looking over my shoulder trying to see my buggy in the parking lot. I'm not Amish. I drive a car just like everybody else."
A few minutes later the conversation shifted to the upcoming holidays. "I don't like shopping," someone said.
"Neither do I," I said. "I did my Christmas shopping online."
Then they knew I really wasn't Amish.