Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Driving Miss Whomever!

There's a big "to-do" going on in Northern Indiana right now. It seems that some people are disturbed that in Amish territory, children as young as 10 years old are driving their buggies on the roadways. A local Ft. Wayne TV channel did a survey yesterday wanting to know if we think there should be an age limit, just like driving a car. Something like 63% of the people who responded said "yes" and 37% said "no". I say, "come on people, get a grip." The Amish were here long before the advent of the automobile. The highways and county roads in the area are all well marked for buggy travel. The Amish have already conceded to having those huge orange triangles on the back of their vehicles. Let's leave them alone and just slow down when traveling through the areas where they are. Are we in such a hurry that we need to tromp on someone elses religious beliefs?
As far as an age limit goes, these kids have been taught how to handle horses since early childhood. I have seen young boys in the fields working right along with their older siblings and fathers. They know what they are doing.
Seeing how the Amish live gives me a renewed spirit about not only my own faith, but America. It takes me back to a gentler time when we weren't in such a hurry. When family was important. Why do we think we can interfere in their lives when they do nothing to interfere in ours? They only add to our society by being good citizens and good workers.
Let's take a step back, take a good look at this again. When Moses said, "Let my people go," maybe he was speaking into the future, too.



Anvilcloud said...

I am sorry, but you must stop blogging as common sense can be frowned upon in this sphere. :)

Mellodee said...

Talk about a non-issue!! If you must be 16 (or 21??) to drive a buggy, must you be 16 (or 21??) to ride a bike?? Or a tricycle???

Good Lord, the things people waste their time on. It's just another way the idiots of the world are trying to re-make us all in their image!

>>>Anvilcloud...."Common" sense?? It doesn't seem very "common" to me. In fact, it's darned near extinct!! :)

Annmarie Pipa said...

I remember my husbands law firm representing the Amish here in Pa for this same sort of thing....I think it had to do with reflecting mirrors...and the Amish shun mirrors because of vanity..

Jimmie Earl said...

AC Loved your comment. I try to have common sense about a lot of things, and this is another one. :)

Mel: I agree it is certainly a waste of time and energy. How about worrying about world peace for a change! LOL!

Annmarie: Interesting. I also know that they do not like to be photographed. When the TV station did their documentary the other evening, they did not photograph anyone up close. At least they were that thoughtful.

Curley said...

Now I know why I don't watch much news on t.v. What nonsense. Next thing you know the government will try to tell the Amish they can't use their kids to help work in the fields. After all, that might actually teach them good work ethics and respect for their elders.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Jimmie, I totally agree with you that the Amish youngsters know more about handling horses and wagons then people suspect. Sometimes, it makes you wonder if some folks don't have anything better to do than complain.