Wednesday, January 25, 2017
In today's culture, charm school usually has a somewhat negative connotation. It varies in meaning from something that a beauty queen might need to, in corporate lingo, something for a bad manager. The second one is familiar from my experience. When a boss is perceived as having poor people skills and may even be abusing the people working for him, then he is sent to charm school to learn the play acting required to seem like a good guy, even when he is not.
That's why I found this place so ironic. In this case, the Charm School is exactly that, the local school in the village of Charm, Ohio. Charm is a mixed Amish and Mennonite village that is bustling with activity and very traditional in appearance. One assumes, looking from the outside at a community like this, that there are no beauty queens or bad executives. And that the Charm School is just for learning reading, writing, and arithmetic.
It is a very pretty valley and worth the side trip. Finding places like this are a big part of my back roads wandering.