Sunday's TLC premiere of Breaking Amish gave viewers a rare look into the inside struggles of those who become curious while growing up in Amish and Mennonite communities. The cast members are those with wanderlust, choosing to leave their simple life behind to experience one of the most progressive and cultural cities in the world, New York City.
The cast takes a huge risk in leaving their communities. Those who choose to experience life on the outside are often shunned and disallowed from returning.
For two of the deserters, Jeremiah, 32, who is Amish, and Sabrina, 25, who is a Mennonite, the repression and seclusion along with their longing to see how the rest of the world lives is more bittersweet than most.
Both Jeremiah and Sabrina are adopted, which bestowed upon them some resentment.
In the first episode of Breaking Amish, which premiered Sunday night, Jeremiah, from Ohio, explains what it's like to be adopted into such a restrictive community:
"There are seven kids in the family, five of which were adopted and I'm one of them. So, I wasn't born Amish.
"Being Amish, it's like we can't do nothin'. We do everything the hard way. Just so you know, I was adopted and got kinda thrown into this Amish crap. You know, it's not cool.
"I often wonder what it would have been like, if someone else would have adopted me, like some English person."
The Amish refer to anybody outside their community as "English.".
Sabrina, from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, explains life as an adopted Mennonite, holding up a Spanish magazine to the viewers saying she subscribes to the magazine to give her insight into her heritage.
Sabrina goes onto say:
"When I was a baby, I was adopted by a Mennonite family. I'm half Italian, half Puerto Rican. I know absolutely nothing about these cultures."
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