Welcome back everyone to our Lancaster, PA road trip part 12 and picking up where we left off last.
As we continued our travels throughout Lancaster, PA and its back roads the beauty of its rolling hills and wide open farm land tended by Amish farmer’s was soothing. The Old Order Amish do not use tractors but instead use horses and/or mules to pull their farm equipment. They prefer not using tractors (just like not using cars) to keep the community close together. The point is not (just) to be old-fashioned. Something that stood out to us was the Amish schools spread out throughout the region. They were generally one room buildings with anywhere between 10 and 20 children gathered to learn academics. At times, some of the schools were holding recess and the children could be seen outside playing. There were so many interestingly glaring differences from the typical school yards we were use to seeing. The Amish children were outside running around playing but none of the children were isolated or sitting by themselves texting or talking away on their smart phones. All, including teachers were engaged with each other playing games with lots of movement, laughter and interaction. We are not saying this doesn’t exist in other school yards but there was definitely something different that maybe only could be felt by us as we watched. At different times, we would purposely lag behind an Amish family in their horse and buggy on their way somewhere. What a treat. The interaction between them was incredibly wonderful. The parents were so interactive with the children and vice a versa. They would wave when waved to, smile when smiled at and would show kindness everywhere they went. I don’t know why we were surprised at this but there again when you don’t know about ones culture or heritage you see tend to have wrong thinking in play.
Well this is it for today. If you by chance didn’t see a previous part please click on one of the links below and be whisked directly there,
- Lancaster PA Road Trip – 1 of 14
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We hope you return soon for part 13 and until then have an awesome day and keep looking up.