Ohio bed and breakfast owner reflects on the Amish and Mothers Day.
Growing up I've heard my mother talk about when she was young. There were no televisions or computers or modern conveniences. When Mothers Day rolled around all of the children and their families would head over to the mother's home for a special family day. People would gather outside in the yard and sit around in lawn chairs or folding chairs because there was no air conditioning. Mothers were highly respected and a family member would not dream of staying home on Mothers Day unless they were sick.
This past Mothers Day, in May 2011, I looked out my living room window and saw a grouping of Amish buggies and cars parked across the street. All of the children and grandchildren came to the Old Order Amish home to celebrate Mothers Day. The family was gathered in a circle of lawn chairs visiting with each other. The young children were running around the yard and screaming with giggles and delight. There were no televisions, no electronics, and no one was missing.
Seeing the Amish family really made me stop and ask myself what has happened to our world? In the non-Amish world where both the husband and the wife have jobs outside of the home very few families get together on Mothers Day. Some families don't even send a card or a gift to their Mother. Many mothers sit home alone on that day without as much as a telephone call from their family. Why does this happen? Many say that they are too busy, and that they are mothers themselves, and they can live with the little bit of time that they dedicate to their mother each year. Many that do call their mothers on the telephone do so in route to work or the store so the conversation gets cut short.
I thought that it was bad enough that many families don't sit around a dinner table together any more. I think that it is worse that some can "put their mother out to pasture" because they are "too busy" in their own lives to take the time for her. There is definitely a good lesson to learn from the Amish. In the Amish community you will see that God and Family always come before the job and other outside distractions. I wonder how many more lessons one could learn from the Amish?
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com