Amish Acuity

| 8/6/2010 4:45:06 PM

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.

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...

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