By Kevin Williams
Amish children are, by their very nature, irresistible photo subjects. The clothing is cute, miniature versions of the Amish adult clothing and just makes them very eye-catching. Still, just as I wouldn’t drive through a non-Amish neighborhood and start taking pictures of kids, the same care and courtesy needs to be exercised in Amish country. I have passed up many a wonderful photo opportunity because it just would have been too intrusive. I remember 15 years ago being near Reed City, Michigan and seeing an Amish family of 14 and the children were so cute and just hanging out in the yard, but, no, even back then you just don’t take photos without permission. So I have many good “photos” in my head.
This photo, however, is one I had full permission to take so I gladly did. This is Julia, age 4, and Austin, almost 2. They are the children of our Amish Cook columnist Gloria Yoder. As a whole, Amish people are generally more tolerant of photos of their children. Amish children are not officially members of the church so “rules” that might apply to adults in the congregation don’t necessarily extend to the kids.
Anyway, this is just a really cute photo that I took. Julia had her arm around Austin (she loves her little brother) so Gloria and I thought it would make a cute shot from behind. And that’s this week’s Amish365 photo!