3.03.2005

The Truth About Small Towns

My friend Sara Lee (yes, that is her real name) forwarded this to me today and I couldn't help but post it. It sums up my formitave years pretty well.

Those who grew up in small towns will laugh when they read it.
Those who didn't will be in disbelief.

The truth about living / growing-up in a small town:
  1. You can name everyone you graduated with.
  2. You know what 4-H means.
  3. You went to parties at a pasture, barn, gravel pit, or in the middle of a dirt road. On Monday you could always tell who was at the party because of the scratches on their legs from running through the woods when the party was busted. (See #6.)
  4. You used to "drag" Main.
  5. You said the "F" word and your parents knew within the hour.
  6. You scheduled parties around the schedules of different police officers because you knew which ones would bust you and which ones wouldn't.
  7. You could never buy cigarettes because all the store clerks knew how old you were (and if you were old enough, they'd tell your parents anyhow).
  8. When you did find somebody old enough and brave enough to buy cigarettes, you still had to go out into the country and drive on back roads to smoke them.
  9. You knew which section of the ditch you would find the beer your buyer dropped off.
  10. It was cool to date somebody from the neighboring town.
  11. The whole school went to the same party after graduation.
  12. You didn't give directions by street names but rather by references. Turn by Nelson's house, go 2 blocks to Anderson's, and it's four houses left of the track field.
  13. The golf course had only 9 holes.
  14. You couldn't help but date a friend's ex-boyfriend/girlfriend.
  15. Your car stayed filthy because of the dirt roads, and you will never own a dark vehicle for this reason.
  16. The town next to you was considered "trashy" or "snooty," but was actually just like your town.
  17. You referred to anyone with a house newer than 1965 as the "rich people."
  18. The people in the "big city" dressed funny, and then you picked up the trend 2 years later.
  19. Anyone you wanted could be found at the local gas station, drive-in or the town bar.
  20. You saw at least one friend a week driving a tractor through town or one of your friends driving a grain truck to school occasionally.
  21. The gym teacher suggested you haul hay for the summer to get stronger.
  22. Directions were given using THE stop light as a reference.
  23. When you decided to walk somewhere for exercise, 5 people would pull over and ask if you wanted a ride.
  24. Your teachers called you by your older siblings' names.
  25. Your teachers remembered when they taught your parents.
  26. You could charge at any local store or write checks without any ID.
  27. The closest McDonalds was 45 miles away (or more).
  28. The closest mall was over an hour away.
  29. It was normal to see an old man riding through town on a riding lawn mower.
  30. Most people went by a nickname.
  31. You laughed your butt off reading this because you know it is true, and you send it to everyone who may have lived in a small town.

1 comment:

Denice said...

Hey Jeanne ~

This is SO true. Thanks for sharing. I feel like I'm back home in Iowa when I was in high school. My 20 year class reunion is also this summer - can you believe it? Yours will be coming up soon too! Catch ya later. Glad you're gonna get your car back and working again : )