I went to Amish Country!!! I saw cute little Amish people in their cute little outfits riding around in their cute little horse-and-buggies! Okay, so first I got the cheese…. :yes: Then I took off down a country road, reeling with giddiness at the cuteness of it all. Buggies in the road! Little children running around with their cute little hat- and bonnet-covered heads! I wished I’d nabbed something pink and sparkly out of my daughter’s room to give the girls…. But no, that would be wrong wrong wrong…..
Ohio is home to the world’s largest concentrated population of Amish people. Where else would you find a buggy shop? There were buggies all over the place, and if they weren’t riding in buggies, they were walking or riding bicycles. Farms, fields of fodder shocks, and houses I wished I could go into to see how they live without electricity or telephones. There were cheese shops, candle shops, furniture shops, quilt shops–everywhere! I wished I had more time to shop. Through plate glass windows in the shops, you can watch them making candles and cheeses. The cute little Amish girls running the shops were so sweet. I almost didn’t expect them to speak English, they all seemed so foreign in a way. A world apart, right in the middle of America.
I wonder what it’s like to be a living, breathing tourist attraction? I was afraid to be too bold about taking pictures. I pulled over on the side of the road and just waited for buggies to come by, then I’d pop up my camera to take a quick picture. I almost felt bad about taking their picture at all, but I couldn’t resist.
There is something fascinating about their basic lifestyle. Living side by side with the “Englishers” the Amish maintain their 16th-century ancestors’ simplicity, forsaking modern conveniences for what is handmade and homemade and pure. Wow. I could almost do that. Except for giving up the internet. And TV. And having my hair highlighted. And……
You? What could you not give up?