Saturday, July 19, 2008

Amish art

Gas costs a fortune... the toll roads have raised their prices... the cost of travelling these days is sky high! So, when your occupation requires hours behind the wheel, you find any way to cut expenses.

One of the ways my dearly beloved has found to cut his expenses, is to avoid the toll roads. He finds parallel roads - a bit slower, but he enjoys the sense of exploring America while he drives.

A few days ago, I hopped in the car with him and we drove to Des Moines. Faithful to his goal of cutting costs, we bypassed the toll road and took Highway 120 through Indiana Amish country.

It is easy to pick out the Amish farms. In addition to a complex of always-white barns, brown horses, and black buggies, they have perfect gardens (consistently bordered with rows of a tall red flower) near an always-white house, and clotheslines (filled with gray or blue dresses and black pants) that stretch from the always-white house to the top of the always-white barn. (Do you suppose the clothes have a farm fresh scent?)

On this trip, however, we passed a farm with something extra....

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Your eyes do not deceive you. It is a tree trunk, carved into a bear, wearing a straw hat, sunglasses, a lei and a green hula skirt.

We drove by it three times, rubbed our eyes and pinched each other hard, just to make sure we weren't dreaming! I just had to share!

Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

You just have an "eye" for art!

The Fenske Family said...

I liked the way how the tree looked like they painted the tree. Love, Allison

The Fenske Family said...

It is funny that Amish people carved a hula bear out of a tree. Love, Juliana

The Fenske Family said...

That family probably has a son like Grey. :) Mar.