Cave Run Lake



Dapper  G missed the early morning bite—it was 8 a.m. before we rose which is unusual  for us.


But it was still quiet except for a few Amish males looking to rent a fishing boat. I suppose they must’ve been Mennonites because I think that Amish aren’t allowed to operate motorized vehicles? There was also a large pontoon boat loaded with young- males and females in their traditional dress—the girls clearly excited, giggling and laughing before the boat even left the pier.


Once I’d seen Mennonites on the beach in New Jersey. There was clearly a sense of family cohesiveness as everyone carried food and blankets down to the water—even the little ones–laughing and smiling as they made the long trek back and forth to their van in the hot sun, as though the chore were part of the good time. Seeming to know at once their responsibility of carrying and laying out their picnic was over, they all ran, the ten or twelve of them, together, a flurry of fresh air and innocence, to the receding tide.

The scene captured my heart and I was taken aback, not with a feeling of jealousy but rather a feeling of  that which is lost in most family relationships today—a true sense of family. My hand went up to my face immediately and I wiped away a few tears.


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6 thoughts on “Cave Run Lake

  1. Again, I’m catching up on blog comments after another long 4 day yoga retreat in Boston… I got back Thursday night to over a thousand emails. Will begin a marathon commenting effort shortly! TY! 🙂

  2. What a wonderful post… and yes, I saw a TV program on the Amish. They bring back a yearning for the cohesiveness of extended family rituals. 🙂

  3. Thank you, petals, for such a beautiful observation on your part. Most people would have simply looked at them with dismay at their oddness, or with misgivings that they have not kept with times, or with judgements of their religious life, etc., etc. You are wonderful because you were able to go beyond your perspective, and see that there is a different perspective, a different reality, a different way of living life from your own, and that the other ways of lives have their own innate goodness and beauty. Thank you so much! May we do so with everyone who is different form us.

  4. Such a wonderful picture…your observations are a little bit more sensitive than others…it is a gift

  5. Lovely post.

    I saw a lot of Mennonites this weekend at the Science Center in Pittsburgh. They seemed oddly out of place there, especially the woman talking on a cell phone.

    You’re right about the Amish, although the young are allowed a period called Rumspringa in which they can do a lot of the things they are banned from doing once they’re baptized.

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