The Amish are devoutly religious. They have no established church or designated place of worship, instead they rotate between farms where they have a day to worship, rest and share their news.
We have a new neighbor, an Amish family that settled on a nearby farm. Sunday is their day to worship and visit. I take particular delight in seeing the families as they pass by on the road in front of our home.
On a recent shopping trip to Good’s Department Store an Mennonite owned business in Quarryville, PA, my husband and I found ourselves behind an Amish family in their family transportation also going shopping.
I often feel panic for the driver of the buggy as they bravely go along the road often with a huge tractor-trailer snorting exhaust as the driver impatiently waits for a place to pass.
Work involves the whole family. Youngsters are taught early to rake leaves, water the garden (with a bucket of water) until they are old enough to help in the fields. Girls are taught housekeeping, sewing, cooking and canning vegetables as well as tending the kitchen garden.
Life of the Amish family is not easy, but they are dedicated and honest. It is not uncommon to see huge propane tanks sitting by the milking parlor. They have had to modernize the milking procedure to include milking machines, refrigeration and sterilization. Some families are using propane to fuel their hand tools, kitchen equipment, pumping and heating water.
- The Amish Are Getting Fracked (Slashdot) (news.slashdot.org)
- Book shows Amish aren’t all alike (toledoblade.com)
- New research shows diversity in practices among U.S. Amish groups (pottsmerc.com)
- Miles, weather and the Amish (adventurecyclingtransam2013.com)
- The Amish Don’t Get Autism… and They Don’t Get Vaccinations – Possible Link? (southweb.org)
- The Amish Don’t Get Autism? And They Don’t Get Vaccinations – Possible Link? (dprogram.net)
- Amish Country (mlshawaii.wordpress.com)