There is something peaceful and comforting about the sight of an Amish style horse and buggy traveling down the road. It takes me back in my imagination to another time, a gentler, simpler time when community and family were the core of life, and when faith was real and solid. These two horses were drawing a buggy through the town where my husband's late parents had lived. The owner was a very kind man who graciously allowed my husband to photograph his horses and buggy, and even chatted for a while. It isn't often you see two horses with a buggy; usually it is a single horse. But the man said they had been working together for eleven years and seemed to prefer it that way.
Recently I read a book entitled Think No Evil, by Jonas Belier, who had been raised Amish and was still close to the community. The author tells the story of the Amish schoolhouse shootings from the point of view of the Amish themselves, but goes beyond that by giving us a glimpse into their community and way of life. He explains how generations of Bible teaching had enabled the Amish to forgive the person who so violently attacked their precious little ones. He describes their concern for the shooter's family and their refusal to seek any sort of vengeance or retribution. The more I learn about the people who are a part of the Amish and similar communities, the more I admire them.
This pastel was done on Wallis Pastel Paper, and will be available through EBay, Art Helping Animals and Daily Painters on Tuesday. 20% of the sale will be donated to True Blue Animal Rescue.
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