Culture at a Covered Bridge

We were part of a tour of covered bridges in Lancaster County, Pa. At one of them, an Amish woman and her daughter came through in their horse-drawn wagon. People in our party waved to them, and a couple of them had cameras. The Amish woman, I at first thought, waved back, but she was actually warding off the cameras. Photographs in which Amish can be recognized are felt to violate the Biblical commandment against making graven images.

So it was a strained moment instead of a special one. The incident brought home the pertinence of varying cultures and the importance of being mindful when we're in one based on values other than our own.   That can take some doing on a summer's day at a covered bridge.