I am currently reading a book titled, "Growing Up Amish" written by a man who was one of 11 Amish children. At age 16 he climbed out his bedroom window and left the Amish life.
I am only half way through this book. My husband and I visit Lancaster, Pennsylvania every year - for over 25 years - we see the simplicity of the Amish life.
That being said, this book I am reading is profound. If what the author says is true, it is not as "simple" as one might think. VERY, strict, and many teens leave.
I could never survive a three hour sermon on Sunday, with over an hour of hymns.
Very rigid and judgmental upbringing for those children who are Amish.
I would never be Amish, ever. In answer to your question, yes I DO miss the simple days of growing up...The age of technology has robbed children of being kids...many I see when I am out and about, even children in strollers, have cell phones! Kids are addicted to video games, eating, texting, and growing obese.
I believe a simple life is possible ONLY by choice. Saying "no" to activities that you really don't want to participate in, choosing to get a good night's sleep - vital for health and well being, - I see people racing, racing, racing - on the road, at the store, people are just in a hurry. Also saying no to your children in firm love.
I grew up with a simple telephone, telephone booths, typewriters, bicycle riding, and spending a summer at a lake with no telephone or television. We played solitaire and canasta with popcorn in the evening with our grandparents. I sure miss those days. In fact, I'm visiting that lake this week to take pictures for my memory book.
Thank you for a great, thought-provoking question. Blessings, Sparklea :)