11 responses to Amish Youth Snowball Fight (10 Photos)
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    Trish in Indiana
    Comment on Ah … (March 6th, 2015 at 10:54)

    Ah …

    … as a former associate pastor at a church where I used to work said, “Jovenes estarán jovenes”: “Young people will be young people!”

    Of course, he was saying it to explain why we needed adult volunteers to act as chaperones at the overnight Confirmation retreat, but I think it fits right in with a snowball fight on a day when a young person is being baptized into the Church.

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      Comment on Amish Youth Snowball Fight (10 Photos) (March 6th, 2015 at 11:55)

      I may be dense and/or irreverent, but it never occurred to me that the youth’s free social time while walking home should be regulated to prevent a snowball fight, even on a day when someone happened to be baptized (however I just assumed this was after church due to the lighting in some of the photos…on the way to church, yes maybe they should be focusing on getting there on time).

      Maybe it’s because I’ve seen married Amish adults participating with youth in sports activities on Sunday, be it joining in the standard youth volleyball game or helping younger children play softball in the backyard.

      Tossing a snowball as long as no one gets hurt (“iceballs” a no-no :) ) is a playful respite in an otherwise dreary winter. And given the alternatives, I’m going to guess some parents would be glad if this was the worst these guys get into.

      Just for the record, I probably ought to mention that no creature was harmed in my own recent snowball skirmish, and all parties were willing participants :)

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        Trish in Indiana
        Comment on Erik, I think you picked up disapproval where there was none. (March 6th, 2015 at 13:21)

        Erik, I think you picked up disapproval where there was none.

        There’s nothing inherently irreverent about “young people being young people,” nor inherently scolding about noting how they are. Part of the joy of ministering to people just starting out on life’s journey is being around their energy and enthusiasm.

        As an adult responsible for their formation, you sometimes have to be the “bad guy” who reminds them it’s time to put down the snowballs and go into church, or who orders them to get some sleep on a gymnasium floor so they’ll be alert for their retreat activities the next day, but inside, those adults are smiling and thinking “Ah, to be young again!”

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          Comment on Amish Youth Snowball Fight (10 Photos) (March 6th, 2015 at 13:50)

          I’m sorry I misinterpreted, Trish. Well put, and I’d of course agree that if this was on the way to church and made them late, well that’s not so good.

          I did enjoy the sequence that unfolds in these photos, I guess because it reminded me of similar (albeit rare in central NC) snowball fights growing up. To be young again indeed. I guess I can still get away with tossing a snowball or two here and there.

          On a related note, I just got off the phone with a friend in Lancaster County, and he mentioned that they got a foot of snow. I plan to go up next week, so maybe I’ll have a follow-up to this post :)

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    George
    Comment on Fun (March 6th, 2015 at 10:57)

    Fun

    Everybody loves to have some snow fun

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    Harriet
    Comment on Amish Youth Snowball Fight (10 Photos) (March 6th, 2015 at 12:55)

    For some reason, this article brought back memories of this past summer. No, it wasn’t snowing, but this 65 year old lady decided it would be fun to roll down the hill like I did as a child. And it was fun…truly it was! I laid down on my side, crossed my arms over my body and off I went! Freedom, joy, childhood were all mine. And then I hit the bottom. Now before I started this endeavor, I should have thought about the flood we had had two days before. Of course, I didn’t, but I remembered it as I landed in the soggy ground at the bottom of the hill! I was soaked clear through my, well, you get the picture! It was not a pretty sight seeing this old lady, soaked to the bone, trying to fight her dizziness to climb back up the hill! Do I regret it…not on your life! So Eric, you are never too old to have fun!

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      Comment on Well done :) (March 6th, 2015 at 13:59)

      Well done :)

      Harriet thanks for sharing this story. It left me with a very funny mental image.

      It also reminded me of an old adage we used to say at work, which went something like “We should take what we do seriously, but not take ourselves so seriously.”

      I guess that’s another way of saying it’s healthy to be able to laugh at ourselves. Thanks for reminding me of that old favorite :)

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    Ashley
    Comment on Amish Youth Snowball Fight (10 Photos) (March 6th, 2015 at 20:00)

    You know something “serious” is going on when their hats come off as they run!! :-)

    Makes me miss a good snowball fight, building snow forts, sledding and all those winter things. Why did my snowball fights inevitably end with someone throwing ice?! (not me! ha!)

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    Ann B
    Comment on Amish Youth Snowball Fight (10 Photos) (March 7th, 2015 at 08:57)

    I love that picture where both feet of both boys are off the ground! That’s a fantastic shot!

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Amish Youth Snowball Fight (10 Photos) (March 9th, 2015 at 14:52)

    Fun on a wintry day (as I type this observation, it’s in the upper 40’s & the snow is melting…YAY!).

    Being dressed almost identically, I couldn’t help but think “You can’t tell the players without a score card.”

    This post was a smile-inducer! Thanks! :)

    Alice Mary

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