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Amish Acuity

When I first began being "... out among the Amish," I was like a giddy teenage girl heading to the Prom.

Fast trot

I’d gasp, and at the same time let out a shrill scream, followed by giggles and, "Oh my gosh, OH My GOSH, the buggy is coming this WAY!!!"


Now, I’m silent.

OK, maybe not silent.

Two seater

Oh sure, you might hear me say, “There’s a buggy ... up ahead."

Reins of youth

Or, “Amazing…look at the young boy driving those horses."

But it is different now.

Close up

I used to live “out among the English."

English cars

However, in the last decade, I traded the fast-paced world of consumerism for a simple existence, on "our 40."

Raz in training

For years I watched, and admired the Amish. Then a world of dog mushing and living with Siberians, Alaskans, and farm animals presented itself to me.

It was the perfect blend.

Yoked with the perfect husband.

Farm life

Before I knew it, I was stepping back. Way back.

And now, when I see the Amish, like at a recent Amish auction, I simply nod.


A knowing nod.

One that says, I, too, understand.

Dapple under apple

Simple, plain, and Godly.

Until tomorrow ~ God willing,


sherry 'woodswoman'
8/13/2010 9:09:10 AM

Thank you everyone...for the nice comments. It's nice to be among folks who admire this unique way of life. Vickie ~ there are two Amish auctions this fall. One is the quilt auction (and huge flea market). About 30,000 folks attend. If you head to the Horse and Carriage auction, you may see us there. Nebraska Dave ~ We have taken baby steps to slow our lives down. While we are not Amish by any means, we love their way of life. Follow our Blog if you wish to see more about the Michigan Amish. Robyn ~ If you take the steps...who knows, your family and friends may follow. ;) Cindy ~ I can totally see you starting something with a big bike and basket to match. It's a wonderful idea. Have a great day in the land of GRIT ~ Sherry Sutherby

cindy murphy
8/11/2010 7:05:11 AM

Hi, Sherry. We don't see the Amish much here - not as much as we did when we lived in the Philadelphia or Cincinnati area anyway. In fact, come to think of it, I haven't seen an Amish buggy here at all. The Amish community here, it seems, prefers bicycles to buggies used on the 33 mile Kal-Haven trail, which extends from Kalamazoo to S. Haven. Their bikes are equipped with huge wire baskets, and loaded up with fruits, vegetables, and preserves to bring to the fruit market here in town. I've always wondered how the ladies avoid getting their long skirts from getting caught in the bike chains. Earlier this summer, (or maybe it was last), a large group of them rode down our street on their loaded-down bikes, which I thought was kind of odd because our street doesn't really go anywhere. As I waved and watched them go by, I remember thinking 'I should do more of that - our town is certainly small enough to go everywhere I need on a bicycle'. I do run errands on bike frequently if whatever I'm doing can fit into a backpack; what I need though, is to follow the Amish's example and get me a good set of those big baskets. It may not put me 'out among the Amish', but it never hurts to step back a bit whenever possible. Enjoy your day.

robyn dolan
8/10/2010 8:23:46 AM

Sherry, I think alot of us would forsake more of the rat race (and I have forsaken alot of it!) if only our friends and loved ones would join us...

nebraska dave
8/7/2010 7:16:17 PM

@Sherry, it is admirable that the Amish have sustained a way of life that exists in the middle of a fast paced technical world. I have always been in wonder that they could keep the young in such a life style as that. When I attended the summer market in New Jersey, I was quite taken back with their family structure and order of things. Everything was done with such excellence and craftsmanship. That was 30 years ago and I’m quite sure it hasn’t changed much. They seem to have perfected the semi communal living that other groups have tried to accomplish but failed. I have much respect for the Amish people and their way of life. I’m not sure I would want to live that way but I can see why it would be beneficial. I have slowed down greatly in the last couple years and live a much slower paced life. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about the slower pace lifestyle. Have a great slow day.

8/7/2010 2:51:56 PM

Woodswoman, I very interested in the Amish Auction-it's not too far from us. Going to talk to Bat and see if we can go. I don't blame you a bit stepping back- sometimes in this fast paced life I look at the Amish lifestyle and think I want to live like them. Have a great weekend vickie