12 responses to Growing Up Amish Excerpt: Youngie, Buggies & Horses
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    Al in Ky
    Comment on Growing Up Amish Excerpt: Youngie, Buggies & Horses (July 29th, 2014 at 07:49)

    Interesting article; I’d like to read the book. Was the cracked windshield the modification you hadn’t heard of?

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    Comment on Growing Up Amish Excerpt: Youngie, Buggies & Horses (July 29th, 2014 at 10:15)

    Fascinating stuff. Goes to show that young people develop their own forms of rebellion against the older generation no matter what culture they grow up in. My mom grew up Amish, and she told me one time that before or after church or at other gatherings when the boys and girls were scoping each other out the girls would hike up their skirts to show more leg when the adults weren’t watching. There’s nothing new under the sun!

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    Comment on Growing Up Amish Excerpt: Youngie, Buggies & Horses (July 29th, 2014 at 11:04)

    I’ll have to read that book, too. But this reminded me that a couple of Sundays ago I rode past a home church service in northern Branch County, Michigan. Usually Amish people drive their best to church, but the open top buggies I saw this time were all so highly polished and detailed, with tight-fitting covers – it made the same impression on me that finding a parking lot full of Ferrari and Jaguar convertibles would at my home church. If there were any customizations underneath the covers, I don’t know. I’d love to have gotten close-up photos of the buggies, but I think I had already become a distraction to the worshipers singing inside, so I just admired them as I rode past. Go no more than 15 miles south, and I think the Amish there are too conservative for something like this. On the other hand, I had never before seen Amish buggies like this in the north part of Branch County, either.

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      Mark – Holmes Co.
      Comment on Growing Up Amish Excerpt: Youngie, Buggies & Horses (July 30th, 2014 at 09:34)

      I might be wrong about this, but I’ve noticed the Amish of Allen Co., Ind. background have exceptionally nice buggies while the ones of Adams Co., Ind. background are plainer and not as well kept. Both are Swiss Amish, but there really is a difference.

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        Comment on Adams and Allen counties (July 30th, 2014 at 14:40)

        Adams and Allen counties

        I’ve spent some time on the roads in the south part of Adams County, and I’d agree with your observation about those people. I’m not so familiar with the Amish of Allen County, other than what I’ve read on this blog. Do you know if both groups are part of the same migration from Europe? I understand the Amish of Adams County to have migrated later than most U.S. Amish.

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          Mark – Holmes Co.
          Comment on Growing Up Amish Excerpt: Youngie, Buggies & Horses (July 30th, 2014 at 14:47)

          According to the community listing from last Oct. (in Family Life magazine) Adams Co. was settled by Amish in 1850 and Allen Co. in 1852, so yes they came later than other Amish.

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Been there...done that! (July 29th, 2014 at 17:01)

    Been there...done that!

    I read the original book this summer…I THINK the only part I noticed being different here was the blinking LED light strip on the buggy. The cracked windshield was mentioned in the old version, as well, but I was surprised by it when I read it, too!

    I’ve seen so many fads come and go that I always find it humorous to see “youngie” (Amish or English) doing/using/wearing something that was a fad back in my day, too! Everything old is new again, or, been there, done that!

    Alice Mary

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    Naomi Wilson
    Comment on Fancy buggy interiors (August 4th, 2014 at 08:25)

    Fancy buggy interiors

    If it looks like the world, tastes like the world, smells like the world, sounds like the world….

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      Mark – Holmes Co.
      Comment on Growing Up Amish Excerpt: Youngie, Buggies & Horses (August 4th, 2014 at 08:29)

      Naomi, there are a lot of Amish who would agree with you on that. I don’t know of any Amish group that has such deluxe carriages as the Lancaster & related groups.

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    Comment on Rich Stevick PCN TV interview (September 3rd, 2014 at 10:33)

    Rich Stevick PCN TV interview

    Just to let everyone know, there is an hour-long interview with Rich now available online, done last week for PCN TV in which he discusses Amish youth, parental concerns, Facebook, and more: http://pcntv.com/2014/09/02/aug-31-pa-books-growing-up-amish/

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