To bring you up to speed, the first part of my vacation was spent in Smithville. And if you've never been to that part of the country, there are times in which you feel as if you've gone back in time. To see farmers using antiquated equipment to work their crops and to see families using horse and buggy as their primary source of transportation is a sight to behold. I actually saw hitching posts at the Wooster Super Walmart!
I've always admired the Amish - their simplistic lifestyle, their work ethic, their refusal to conform, and of course I love their home cooking. However, I'm a little confused about some inconsistencies I see within their rather stringent belief system. Let me give you an example. This past Tuesday, Emrie and I ate dinner with the Piatts at CiCi's Pizza in Wooster. As we were leaving, an Amish family of 13 was getting out of a van and heading for the buffet line. Now, if you know anything about the Amish, you know that it is against their belief system to own or operate a motor vehicle, yet they have no problem hiring a chauffer to transport them by the van load.
Here are some other "loop holes" I've identified. If I'm in error, please correct me [but really, how many Amish read An Open Doerr].
- They can't have a land line telephone but a cell phone is totally acceptable
- They can't use electricity in their home useless that electricity is produced from a gas generator OR that particular home is being rented. If it's a rented farm house and not one that you own, you can utilize the electricity.
I love my Amish but it just seems a bit odd that they have created these loop holes. Either phones and motorized cars are wrong or they're not, there's no middle ground. My hope is that an Amish reader will read this post and clarify these apparent inconsistencies or even correct my erroneous comments but then again, can you access An Open Doerr from a gas powered generator?