But many Amish I know creatively push the envelop! See what they can get away with before the line is crossed and the Bishop or Preacher comes calling. As some say, "before the black hat comes up the lane."
Mosie chuckled when he told me of homes where the no household electricity rule didn't include the barn, where Amish enjoyed lights and power tools. Harvey smiled when he told of the time he invented a buggy windshield by encasing it with clear plastic wrap.
I've met Swartzentruber Amish who've bought homes from English - with indoor plumbing - but kept promising the Bishop they'd remove that worldly convenience . . . or when they build a room addition they won't add electric and plumbing. Somehow that room addition is never built.
Others have boasted of their ingenuity in getting around the rules. I recently saw a picture of . . . well, I can hardly describe it; not a car, truck, motorcycle, nor a four wheeler but a mismatched combination of parts. The driver wasn't breaking a rule or committing a sin by using any one of those worldly conveniences. The contraption looked funny.
Among the teens, radios and cell phones are hid deep in the woods or inside the barn. Girls buy underwear at Victoria's Secret because, after all, nobody will SEE their worldly underwear. Others keep a sinful automobile tucked away in the woods; they ride buggies into the woods where they tie up the horse, change into English clothes, hop in the car, and cruise around town - without a driver's license! In the wee early-morning hours, they drive the vehicle back to the designated hide out, change back into the strict, plain Amish clothing, climb into the buggy and trot home before morning when parents arise.
I think Harvey is clever to repair something he's never owned. He pushed his "new" evil device over a hill and hid it in a culvert. Told his friends so they could all share in the community sin. "But," he added, "we rode at night so we wouldn't get caught."
What do YOU think? How'd you break rules growing up? Got comments to leave below? ~ Brenda
(c)Copyright 2013, Brenda Nixon.