Did you notice the very unhappy, not too sober, expressions on many of Mennonite women in that picture?
What was going on? Have they just finished quarreling? The woman standing in the front (far right side) wearing the very light print dress in turquoise looks like she is being pushed as she is preventing the woman behind her from being seen. Notice the hand touching her on her left arm.
It strikes me as very strange how thoroughly you analyzed this picture and everyone in it, determining levels of happiness, speculating on quarrels, reading into body language, etc. I think if someone were to scrutinize your comments, they might pass similar judgment about your level of Christian serenity.
Sorry to frequently pick on you, Maria. I find a great deal in this thread odd.
If you are truly sorry, why post at all?
Body language, hand gestures, and eye, and head movements were part of my linguistic studies leading to my M.A. I found it fascinating that what we write only communicates part of the message.
If a person were to tell me that they were happy, but their eyes were doing
and their head was shaking "no" and they had daggers in their eyes along with an unhappy face
, then I would have to assume that they were in fact NOT very happy but for some reason, they could not truthfully express the full message perhaps because of peer pressure or whatever.