Tuesday, February 10, 2009

On Socially Confident Women

At the ice rink the other day, I noticed a couple of young (late teen, I think) women wearing ankle length dresses and head coverings. Amish getup, or maybe Mennonite, but anyway, some sect that requires distinctive dress for women. I hadn't ever noticed them there before, even though they owned their own skates and skated well enough to be regulars.

Anyway, as we were heading around the rink I caught one's eye and nodded a greeting. And in return, I was rewarded with . . . full eye contact! A smile! A "hello"!

Poor, poor Amish girls. If they weren't so oppressed by religion, they would know to avoid eye contact with men, and quickly look away when one says hello.

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