Downtown Kalona, Iowa.
There is something soothing about the sound of horses trotting down a road. We lived in Harrisonburg, Virginia for a few years during the 80's and our closest neighbors were Old Order Mennonites, similar to Amish. We lived on a little paved road in the country, our view was of a dairy farm's pasture with the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background, I sure miss that! Old Order Mennonites passed our house all day riding bikes or driving buggies. Our little 2 year old daughter (at that time) Bethany used to love to watch the horses go by. When we did what parents do, and asked Bethany, "What does a horses say?" Her answer was to make a clucking sound with her tongue, mimicking the sound of horse hooves on the road.
Here is a picture of our pony "Dusty" what a great family pony she was! The girl driving is an Old Order Mennonite family friend, Lisa Dawn. My own daughter, Lisa, is on the right, and my daughter Robyn is holding Lisa Dawn's little brother, Kevin. You can see our great view in the background. I bought this little cart at a garage sale and my Old Order Mennonite neighbor gave me this harness, I think he enjoyed seeing me and my children go past his place on this little cart.
Your's truly (it was the 80's) and my daughter Bethany on Dusty.
My daughter Bethany was crazy about this pony, for some reason she wanted to lay back like this on Dusty for hours if I would let her, Dusty didn't mind as long as she was grazing. You can see our Old Order neighbor's farm in the background, and beyond that the little town of Dayton, Virginia. Beyond that is either Round Hill or Mole Hill, I forget which hill was which. I have some great stories about this pony but I am saving those for a collection of short stories about all the horses I have owned.
My parents used to have a little Chihuahua that one of Mom's Amish students gave her. The little guy was a typical Chihuahua with bulging eyes and a raspy bark. Mom told me, "Do you know how to tell this is an Amish dog? Because he's hoarse and buggy."
Amish girl driving a buggy in Kalona, Iowa.
Amish family near Shipshewanna, Indiana.