Location: Amish Country, Ohio USA
Last weekend, I decided to head out to Mesopotamia for their annual Ox Roast. Even though it was held in the middle of Amish country, the majority of the attendees were “English”, which is what Amish people call non-Amish people.
The streets and parking lots were jam packed with cars, trucks and motorcycles, with the occasional horse and buggy trotting through the chaos of the “modern” world. I felt bad for the horses because I know that all of the hustle bustle of this event was not something that they were very used to. The “English” were invading their normally very quiet and uneventful trip to town.
Their was one group of Amish teenagers that were drawn to the tent to watch the Cloggers dance to modern music.
Their were groups of Amish boys and girls that sat off to the side, watching these dancers to their thing.
I found myself wondering what (if anything) they think or feel when they see us “English” doing “our” thing.
Were they envious of our modern ways? Did they question why they drive in a horse buggy instead of a car or motorcycle that could definitely get them from point A to point B much quicker then their horse and buggy. Were they jealous of all of the conveniences that we as English have?
Did they look at the sea of English people walking past them and think… “Wow…. Those English people have it made.”
I wonder if they wondered what the “English” were thinking about them and their Amish lifestyle.
Personally, I was thinking to myself that they have it right. I believe that all of this modern technology that we have access to has hurt us horribly as a society. I found myself feeling a bit jealous of their simple lifestyle.
While there are many that would look at their lifestyle and question why they choose to live without the modern tools of life, I actually found myself thinking that they have it right. I respect each and every one of them for their choice to live a traditional Amish lifestyle. It’s not a life of convenience, that’s for sure. They work hard from sun up to sun down. They have very strong family values and believe in helping others.
I find it very interesting to watch these two very different lifestyle interacting with each other. I’m pretty sure that they have no clue how many “English” people only dream of having and living a very simple lifestyle like they do.
3 raw bracketed photos -2, 0, +2 merged into Photomatix Pro and then tonemapped to black and white. Saved as a jpg and opened in Photoshop where I used my dodge/burn tool to bring out the highlights and shadows.