Digging back a bit, I managed to pull up a neat story from the Cellar on an Iowa Amish settlement, originally found in the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
After buying a tract of farmland, a developer auctioned off the unwanted turkey barn located on the property.
After chopping it into four pieces, the local Amish managed to move it by hand to a location one mile away. It took four hours to do the entire 160-ft structure.
This odd tale speaks two things, loud and clear: resourcefulness, and an unwillingness to let perfectly usable stuff go to waste.
I just tossed a newish suitcase with a busted zipper. Same thing with a somewhat ripped pair of jeans. Something tells me our Amish friends might have gotten a bit more mileage out of that stuff than I did.
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I always feel bad when I throw out a pair of socks when there is just one little hole in the toe. I mean, the REST of the sock is fine. We are SO wasteful.
Amish cooperation and thrift
Right on. I guess it starts with the kids and the culture you’re raised in. Amish kids (and a lot of non-Amish, of course) get it hammered into their heads not to waste.
I actually live in Poland for a chunk of the year and I notice the tendency among people my age as well over here, more so than in the US. Guess when you grow up with less, it sticks with you…
I love this story and photo though. I wish I could have witnessed it. Or even lent a hand! Love to see the mutual cooperation that you see so often among the Amish.
Oh my goodness! Now that is determination!
so why do the amish call a screwdriver a screw puller?was a screw designed to be driven with a hammer and removed with a screw-puller of do we duthman just get things backward?