Post cards from our area
I have posted several photos of Old Order Mennonites in our region. There are many sects in the area; those who drive black cars, those who drive buggies with rubber tires, those who drive buggies with steel rims, those who do not use electricity or telephone, those who have electricity only in their barns, those who enroll in our publicly funded health care system and those who do not. Of all the groups, it can be said that they are hard working, peace loving, self sufficient people with a strong sense of community.
In my job as a visiting physiotherapist, I have travelled to several Old Order farms to assist the ill and injured. Some genetic illnesses, such as cystic fibrosis, are found frequently in close knit clans. I have seen their disabled children in school settings and tried to figure out ways to increase their mobility without a lot of fancy, modern equipment.
Laura, of Somewhere in NJ has been featuring “post cards” of her area, and in keeping with her idea, I will do a little post card feature of this group of people in our region.
For starters, here is an aerial photo of the Mennonite farm region taken from the 4 seater Cessna airplane my brother was piloting.
My mother and I select a pumpkin from a roadside stand.
A farmer readies his team for fall plowing.
A buggy travels along the shoulder of the road.
And finally, here I am, stuck in deep snow in the soft shoulder of the country road, awaiting a tow truck. I had been out to visit a country school and slid on the icy road. The horse drawn buggy passed me with no difficulty at all.