Monday, July 27, 2015
ELMER TELLS ABOUT RUMSPRINGA
As I said last week, when the young men get to age 16, many of them get a buggy like the one above. Sometimes their parents purchase the buggy and horse for them. Sometimes they purchase it themselves. Also some young ladies get one. Not many of them, but a few do.
"Rumspringa" is time that allows the young folks to see and do some of things in the world that they are not allowed other times of their life. It is to help them make the decision to stay in our world - to be baptized into our church. It is not a time for them to be let lose and do anything they want in the world, although, unfortunately, a few do.
In the evenings on church Sundays, the people that hold our church service also have the young folks, age 16 and older, over to their home. This is a time the young folks, both ladies and men, are together for singing. After singing, depending on the season they may play volley ball or soft ball. Of course, there are homemade snacks and soft drinks. Before they leave, the usually have a few more songs. Maybe the man, at whose home this is at, will say a few prayers.
Also during the season, sometimes some will just invite the young folks over for volley ball, soft ball, ice skating, skiing, dinners and more. These are times for the young folks.
During this time young folks do things that we parents are not suppose to know about, but some how we find out. Some go to movies, buy CD's, buy cars, etc. I really liked it when one of our son's bought a car and tried to hide it. How to do you hide a car? They sometimes park them behind Englisher friends barns. Sometimes inside an Englisher friends barn. Sometimes they park in the woods, Somehow we parents always find out. Of course, sometimes we find out when they are driving it down the road and pass our buggy.
When Anna and I were "Rumspringa" or rummage age, the worse things our parents had to worry about were smoking and liquor. Sometimes and I do say this sometimes, young folks have parties where the have music, smoking, liquor and drugs. Drugs has become a problem in some areas. Times have changed.
This is also time when young men and young ladies are looking for the right person to marry and spend the rest of their life with.
Do any of our children do things like on that television show? To be honest, I only saw part of that show once. I don't see the children in our area doing things like that. Do we have children that leave our church and homes? Sometimes. Usually if they leave, they come back. I forgot what Bishop Eli said, but it is something like only 10 per cent or 20 per cent of the Amish leave and go into the Englisher world. So far, our Old Order Amish has not had that happen. When I say ours, I mean our area where we live. I am not talking about all Amish groups. I don't know about the others.
Anna calls "Rumspringa" parents hair pulling time. No, we don't really pull our hair, but we are very concerned about our children as we are all the time. But this time is the time of most concern. We want our children to make the decision of staying within our church and being baptized.
Trust God's Wisdom,