In the spring of 2008, my grandmother was moved into an assisted living facility. As is the custom in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania our family held an auction to sell the remaining contents of the house and sewing machine repair business my grandfather, who had died several years earlier, had. Many former customers and family members came to the auction. His business served many Amish and Mennonite families. The marks of time, from long hanging pictures on the wall to holes in the carpet worn from where my grandmother rested her feet because present as the items were cleaned out of the buildings.