Thursday, June 10, 2010

A Simpler Life Style

On a recent trip to Gladwin we passed several Amish buggies, with couples and families in them.  It was a Sunday and they were probably on there was home from church or visiting relatives farms.

I'm sure it was rude to take pictures of them, like they are an oddity or something, but I totally couldn't help it.  My photographic side made me do it.  I didn't have my good camera with me, but did the best I could with what I had.  The inhabitants of the buggies, did smile and one guy even waved.

What would it be like to be Amish?  Would it be easier to be closer to God, without all the stuff of our lives getting in the way?  You know the cars, the cell phones, computers, TV, IPODS etc.  Would we be happier without all the material things?  Would we be healthier without all the convenience foods? Now, that was a dumn question. 

I think it would be cool if you could sign up for an Amish vacation.  Don the clothes and live the life for two weeks.  Become one of the famly and see what it's really like to be Amish.  I wonder what percentage of people would seriously commit to being Amish after the trial period.

I'm sure there would be those who'd say "That was stupid, we could have gone to Disney World", but I don't think that I'd be one of those people.  I'd enjoy the home cooking, and love smell of the sheets that had hung on the clothesline in the sun.  I've always wanted to learn how to quilt like my Grandma and so that would be really gratifying.  Milk a cow?  Why not.  Tend a garden, I've done plenty of that in my day.  Be present at a farm animal birth, that would be awesome. 

Slowing down while we are on vacation is a new concept for some.  Yes, for me too.  I've been accused of wanting to get the most from every minute of the day on vacation instead of relaxing.

Do you wish you could live a simpler life style?


Meghan said...

Mom! The amish believe when you take their picture you steal part of their soul! I think they were probably waving "stop". OH well. I do think I would enjoy it. I often think a simplier life would be great, but yet I do love my computer and cell phone to keep in touch with my family, but if we were Amish we would all live together or very close.

The Hauch Family said...

Simplier yes, easier no. I do think there is some gratification in the life they lead. I have told Troy I would love to pack up our family and a few others families we love dearly and head to the country. We can all raise our kids together and live life together without all the chaos! It would be an interesting two week trip, one worth the experience.