So a friend was doing a search on Anabaptism and ran into this photo on flicker.
The photo was among his own personal family photos etc. Here were his comments...
Went to AAASS and AAR/SBL in DC last week. Two conferences about 3 miles apart, overlapping. Slavic studies and religious studies. Saw this woman on the way to the religious studies one. She had a traditional head cover, one I usually see on Anabaptists; Amish, Mennonite, Brethren, around here. Comes from Corinthians 11:5 which says, “Every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, for that is one and the same as if her head were shaved.” This woman put an interesting twist on that. As you can see she is also wearing a leather jacket, rattle snake skin blouse, backpack, and wrestling shoes. Cool.
I must say I never fail to be amused when I watch people watching me.
When my brothers and sisters were younger we had a lot of fun going everywhere together. It was a riot. We would intentionally embarrass my mother. It was so easy to do anyway. Naturally, we were noticed because we were traditional and everyone was gawking but we hammed it up so that even my mother had to laugh. The best moment was once when we were driving down the freeway in our ancient green gas guzzler from a few decades ago. Mom and Dad are in the front seat with the two youngest and about 5 of us are in the back seat. We all look over at the vehicle next to us at about the time when the 4 of them notice us and stare in wonder. The pace of traffic changed and our fans had to brake severely and swerve to avoid getting into an accident. Forever after that, we laughed about being a road hazard.
(picture to be posted later)