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Keeping it Simple

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I took this photograph outside of Berlin, Ohio which boasts the largest Amish Community in the world and when I saw the buggy coming towards me, I was reminded of the recent electrical  black-out that much of Ohio experienced a few weeks ago as a result of a violent, unexpected storm.  The storm happened during the hottest week in the year and for days many Ohioans, including I, were out of power.  It was absolutely miserable and I admit, I was one of those people dialing AEP to find out when the power would be restored.  But when I passed this gentlemen and his buggy a question went through my head that made me laugh - "How many Amish complained to AEP about their power being out."  And of course, the answer is none.  

While most of us belly-ached for days about our power being out, the Amish paid little or no attention.  Of course, they probably realized that the society around them was without their precious electricity because we tend to whine loudly when we don't have our conveniences.  I'm sure they laughed at us and the vulnerabilities and weaknesses we have created because of our reliance on our gadgets and things.  I grew up in Northeastern, Ohio and I am accustomed to seeing the good Amish folk.  I have to admit, I don't understand them, but I do respect them.  They have managed to stay true to their beliefs while the entire world around them has changed.  And despite the fact that it continues to change, they still hold dear to their commitment to their faith, families and community.   Look, I like the modern conveniences.  I love being able to whiz down the highway comfortably behind the wheel of an air conditioned automobile.  The prospect of buggy cruising would probably drive me insane.  But as my mother used to say, "You don't miss what you never had."

I'm sure a few of them probably leave the community for our alternative modern society every day.  And of course they face the same challenges with raising children and providing for family as those outside of their faith face each and every day.  But through it all, they remain steadfast to their ways and culture.  You have to respect that.

A little earlier in my day, before encountering the buggy above, I was sitting outside a major grocery store in Millersburg, Ohio.  At this store they have built covered stalls so that their Amish patrons can park their buggies and stable their horse for a few minutes while they shop.  Interestingly, while I watched, a mother, her daughter and young son, pulled up in a buggy.   They got out the buggy and the mother and daughter went into the store, while the young man stayed momentarily behind, to unhitch the horse, give it feed, and push the buggy into an empty stall.  How cool is that when most of us have trouble getting our teenagers to move the car.

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Alonzo A. Heath

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