Sunday, November 15, 2009

Little Red Corvette


Sweeping my porch the other day I heard the rythmic clip-clop of an Amish horse on the move down our country road. I looked up in time to see the flashiest carriage horse I have ever seen these "Plain" people hitch to a buggy. He was a well-bred Standardbred of a brilliant chestnut red. His tail was a banner carried high above his back. His head was held regally in the air. His knees and hocks reached new heights as he trotted past. He was a breath-taking piece of horseflesh though the inhabitants of the carriage were doing their best to appear unimpressed behind the wheels of their Corvette.

I imagined the conversation that must take place in their household when the teenage son wants to take The Red out for a spin.

Son: Pa, can I take The Red out toight?

Pa: No, son. He's not for you.

Son: But Pa, pleeaaasssse. Just for tonight.

Pa: No. He's too much horse for you. You take the old Morgan.

Son: The Morgan?! I'd die of embarassment to be seen out with that old thing. Why can't I take The Red?

Ma: Eli, let Jacob take The Red. You know how he feels about that girl Sarah.

Son: MAAAAAAAAA!

Pa: (with a twinkle in his eye as he looks at Ma) Weeeellllll. Maybe just for tonight. But if I hear from one of the Elders that you were speeding, you'll be washing and oiling harnesses for a solid month, do you hear me young man?

9 comments:

  1. Love it!!!!! I hear that Prince is a full-blown religious zealot these days, and doesn't perform his "naughtier" songs in concert anymore. So maybe he's do a remake of Little Red Corvette with an Amish twist to it.

    Love your writing!

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  2. Loved it the first time...loved it again!

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  3. LOL! I can imagine that is exactly how it might go. Too funny.

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  4. Very funny! We used to live very near an Amish community when we lived in Iowa. Loved to visit their store...the baked goods were oh-so-yummy! And they did have themselves some fancy carriages with some mighty fine looking horses pulling them along! :-) TALU

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  5. What was shocking for me was when I first moved to NY and was in a Joanne's Fabric Store when a bunch of what I assumed to be Amish women came in wearing funky sneakers, etc. along with their traditional dresses and bonnets. Then I saw a set of car keys dangling from one of their hands and was really confused - they were really Mennonite. I didn't realize how similar the two cultures are in many ways. I'm already a pseudo-reality junky, so I can't help but watch all the Amish shows. I'm sure parts are BS, but it's still very interesting. And no, can't say I've seen a buggy horse that fancy around these parts. :)

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  6. "If I hear from one of the Elders...ha ha!" I'm with Joell- we used to go to the Amana Colonies in Iowa when I lived there...amazing food!

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  7. I have never seen real Amish people ever in my life. I just get to see them when featured in NGC (national geographic channel).. I can imagine ha ha ha from a buggy to a handsomish Corvette. great one!

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  8. Thanks for stopping in, guys, and for all the great comments. And now I'm hungry for some Amish baked goods!!!

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