Things that make you go HMMM....

@taface412 (3177)
United States
July 8, 2008 5:15pm CST
When I went to Holiday World (an amusement park) a couple of weeks ago I noticed this cute little boy wearing long pants and suspenders and long sleeve shirt....he looked like he was going to church rather than ride a ride. I mentioned this to one of my friends and she said they were Amish. I don't know why but I was like No way. Because I always thought Amish people kept to themselves and did not use modern day equipment...and I thought it was odd they would come to an amusement park and ride rides.... I know, I know. This was a stupid Tarra moment....but in my area there are AMish farms and you see them occasionally but I never thought I would see them there. Do you ever find yourself thinking odd things like this when you run into a group of people who you think would not be there? I had to laugh at my ignorance, but felt sorry for the little boy dressed that way in the heat.
4 responses
@spalladino (17926)
• United States
8 Jul 08
I don't think your first thought was stupid, it would have been my first thought, too, since I used to live near an Amish community. The Amish that live there would never go to an amusement park. I guess, just like with any other group, there are those who are more traditional and those who are less traditional. I will say this about the Amish community in Maryland. A few years ago a huge tornado hit a small town not far from me and destroyed many homes and businesses. The following day, as people were trying to do some emergency repairs, a stream of Amish men and boys showed up in their traditional horse and wagons. The wagons were filled with tools & lumber and they just went to work without a word, replacing roofs and walls, repairing anything that they could repair. A local news crew managed to get one of the boys to agree to be interviewed and, when asked why they left the seclusion of their own community to come to LaPlata, his reply was that neighbors help neighbors. They are very nice people.
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
8 Jul 08
That story gave me that warm fuzzy feeling! I am so glad you shared it. That was really amazing of them to do such a huge good deed!
@taface412 (3177)
• United States
8 Jul 08
I do not think i could ever live a life like they do, and I am a mix of conservative and modern, but they are very productive and respecful people. That is an awesome example of people helping people even though they are not from the same group. Love hearing those things.
• United States
8 Jul 08
I don't think they rely so much apon modern technology, but they aren't opposed to using it. I've often wondered when I see someone out like that but they never act out of place, kids are kids and they need to play. I just hope he doesn't become one of those Amish kids who waits till he's 18 and then runs away in the middle of the night. Its become a huge problem for their community.
@taface412 (3177)
• United States
9 Jul 08
Oh I know I watched a Dateline segment where they covered Amish teens and how they make their choice of staying within the group or joining regular society....and it was sad. One guy even torched Amish barns and buggies....and he is Amish....He now is in prison serving time for the harrassment of his own people.
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
8 Jul 08
We live near a lot of Amish and I agree it does seem odd for them to go to an amusement park. I think they can use modern things, they just can't own them. Also it's possible they weren't Amish but another conservative group. Mennonites are conservative and can be mistaken for Amish sometimes. I've even seen some Mormon and mainstream Christian children dressed conservatively too. I agree about the heat though, I never understood how they could deal with it. But I suppose that's all their bodies know so it probably doesn't affect them like it would us. The only thing that I still find odd is when I see one of the monks get out of their car at the convenience store. They are always in their long robes and they look so out of place driving a car and being at a mini-mart like that.
@taface412 (3177)
• United States
8 Jul 08
That may have been a mistaken identity on my part I am not for sure the differences of those groups. And that is funny....I know when I see Nuns getting out of a minivan or an SUV it makes me wonder....Wow.
@cynddvs (2950)
• United States
8 Jul 08
I would have thought the same thing as you. I don't think of Amish as the type to go to amusement parks. I would have found that very odd.