My granddaughter needed driving practice time to fulfill requirements before getting her license so she and I took a drive out to Amish Country.
Our destination was Millers Bakery for breakfast. We arrived as they opened up, about 9 AM
Two young Amish girls were hard at work baking but packaged up pastry and big soft pretzels for us. Their Amish dresses were flour dusted and heads bound with matching kerchiefs.
We munched our salty pretzels while sitting out under a tree facing the bakery. Five children ranging from age twelve or so down to a baby of a few months, drove up in a buggy and marched into the bakery. They came out and went over to the house, in a line, from tallest to smallest, except the oldest girl was carrying the baby on her hip. They passed by in their colorful clothing and barefoot and I nodded. The oldest boy replied "Howdy". A short time later they came out and all piled into the buggy and drove away.
Here we were, all important with Lauren at 16 driving me somewhere for the first time ever and these very young children were driving all over the country by themselves. It did take the wind out of our sails just a bit.
When we left I really enjoyed the countryside. Note the absence of wires to this farmhouse and the neat fence. They live such thrifty lives.
Driving by the Cemetery
And a country corner popular for posting signs
This type of sign was everywhere reminding drivers to be careful of the slower vehicles on the road.
A young girl was out on a bicycle in the road but quickly turned into this driveway when she spotted us and turned her back.
As we left the area, turning on the main road, a dancing horse trotted by. How beautiful!
By now Lauren had a good three hours of driving time under her belt. Later she did pass her driving test and got her drivers license. Ohioan's watch out!
I had the fun of seeing this unique rural area and people and spending one on one time with my granddaughter.
And...I couldn't resist...Sunday's in my City