Hello again, Patricia Davids here, with another tidbit about the Amish way of life. For any who’ve ever visited, lived, or driven through Amish country, I’m sure you’ve seen an Amish buggy or two. Seeing a horse drawn buggy would probably make you think of the by gone days before the invention of the automobile. Todays Amish buggies are not stuck in the past as some might think. While most buggies look similar with some variance in style and color, black, gray and even yellow, what’s on the inside and underneath can vary widely, depending on each community’s set of rules. Some buggies will be minimally adorned to provide the barest of comfort, and others are elegantly furnished with plush upholstery and electronic gadgets. Usually the fancier buggies adorned with some of today’s technological perks belong to the younger members of the community who have more freedom until their baptism.
In some states with larger Amish communities battery powered headlamps and tail lights are installed as a safety measure to make them more visible to motorists. The inner workings of buggies can also be very similar to today’s cars. Lightweight metal leaf springs for suspension, front or rear wheel brakes attached to a foot pedal inside the buggy, and rubber tires are just a few similarities. Again, it all depends on the rules of each community as to how ‘fancy’ a buggy can be.
One thing all horse drawn buggies have in common is their deceptively slow speed. So, when traveling through any Amish community, please, please, be vigilant and use extreme caution when you encounter these slow vehicles. Wooden buggies and horses are no match for our modern automobiles.
USA Today Bestselling author Patricia Davids grew up on a Kansas farm with four brothers. After college she began a wonderful career as a nurse. In 1973 Pat wrote a letter to a lonely sailor. Little did she know her talent with words would bring her love, marriage and motherhood.
An avid reader, Pat longed to write a book, but put her dream on hold as she raised a family and worked in an NICU. It wasn’t until 1996 that she began writing seriously. Today, Pat enjoys crafting emotionally satisfying romances where love and faith bring two people together forever.