The Amish are a people the rest of us never seem to understand. They have rules that seem so arbitrary. And laws that just sound ( I'm sorry Amish) completely hard to leave by. Who doesn't use electricity? On purpose! But the laws go deeper than the peripheral. Take it from the people who were able to escape!
JUST A TOUCH OF THE AMISH...
So as a farmer who lives in Holmes County, Ohio I can give you some answers. The idea you know as rumspringa is highly romanticized. Children are rebellious and do what they want. As long as their parents don't know they do whatever. As long as the church is fine with it the parents will do as they please. So the entire idea of being Amish is following the church but using every loophole possible to get as much luxury as possible. That's important to know because the idea of a rumspringa is a giant loophole. The kids can buy a truck and other stuff the family can use that they otherwise couldn't. And when you have 12 kids spaced out that's could be 36 years worth of loopholes you can take advantage of. Most of the Amish who leave the church don't do it because of their rumspringa. They are doing it on their own. The rumspringa idea is just a loophole that helps families stay Amish. My friends who left the church are completely shunned and ignored by their families and friends still in the church. When they leave the church, they almost 100% become Mennonite. Which is essentially softcore Amish. Stuff like the women don't wear Amish gowns but pants or Jean skirts.
My mom housed some Amish kids on Rumspringa back in the 70's. They really liked a lot of stuff, but left with only a fish tank (complete with a ton of fish) and a lot of garden tools.
So they didn't leave the church, but they liked the fish tank.
Growing up in Northeast Ohio, we ran into plenty of Amish but not to many giving rumspringa a try. They could/can drink beer and fight in some bars in Middlefield like nobody's business, wicked strong too.
Plenty of drunk driving incidents, got love the fact that mister horse can pull your drunk ass home automatically (original AI).
Best is passing a buggy on the road riding my motorcycle and getting a huge smell of weed.
Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio is a great place to encounter Amish kids on rumschpringe. Usually a (relative) ton of them there. I waited in line for a roller coaster with three of them last summer and they said they had no real intention of leaving the community, but were really stoked their community basically paid for a two month long vacation for them.
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