Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Watching

We live at the outskirts of an Amish community so driving behind a buggy is not uncommon. Since the weather is warmer they usually have their doors and windows open which makes their ride more enjoyable.

 As a child it used to be especially fun leaning out the window, I used to prefer standing at the dashboard and watching the horse's feet and try braiding it's tail as we drove down the road. Our horse Jim was so gentle that he didn't mind but once we got our new horse there was no more tail braiding.

Once I got to big to stand in the front I used to kneel on the seat behind Mom and Daddy and watch out the window. When ever a vehicle came up behind us we would tell Daddy and he would guide the horse as far toward the ditch as it was safe to do to allow the people behind us to pass.

On Saturday we had to run a few errands and met numerous buggies on the road. When we came behind this one we had to chuckle at the little boy's expression as he contently watched out the back window.  It made me wish that I could be six again for just a little while and go on a Sunday afternoon drive with Mom and Daddy and our faithful horse Jim.

15 comments:

  1. A few weeks back my friend was driving behind a buggy with two little girls looking out the back. Suddenly, one stuck out her tongue! You have to wonder if someone else in the buggy gave her the idea, or she's just innovative. :)

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  2. That's a really cute picture...would make a great postcard or calendar or...I don't know, but I'm really taken by it!

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  3. What a great picture. The only thing we see in my area of the world are speeding vehicles and bad drivers. This would certainly be a welcomed change of pace.

    ~Mrs. M

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  4. Love the picture!!1

    I can't imagine your horse allowing you to braid his tail as he was pulling the buggy--that must have been quite a fun sight!

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  5. In late April & early May both Sherry (countrywingsinphoenix.blog) & I wrote of our trip to Strasburg/Lancaster area & shared some gorgeous Amish photos. I actually spoke of you to Sherry & how wonderful you & your stories of your earlier life are ... you may enjoy reading our tidbits.

    Those precious children just tickle me ...

    Have a beau-TEA-ful week.
    TTFN ~ Marydon

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  6. Love your pictures and your memories.

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  7. On one of my trips to Sommerset I rode in just such a buggy, I had to crawl over the front seat to get into the back where this little boy is standing.

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  8. I always preferred riding in the open-top buggy. For some reason I thought bailing out when the horse run away would be easier from an open-top than from the enclosed one.

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  9. I love the picture! So precious! We occasionally get behind a buggy here in MO when we are traveling north. Would love to catch a picture like this yours! love it!
    until next time... nel

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  10. You should consider selling some of your pictures. Amish things seem to be "in" right now.

    The expression on that little boys face is precious!

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  11. Love that picture..it reminds me of Laura looking through the back of their wagon in the Little House books..I love all the simplicity of Amish life so much....and very much enjoy your stories...blessings

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  12. That does look like a happy little boy, enjoying his country lifestyle.

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  13. We often enjoy having our windows down in the car. Nothing like going down the road with fresh air blowing through your hair and around your face. Love the picture.

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