27 Things You Know If You're From A Small Town
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Roundabouts are actually just four way stops.
"Traffic" is having to wait an extra second or two to pull out onto a busy street.
People don't honk to be rude, they usually just want to say hello.
And if they don't honk they'll just give the one finger salute. (The polite index finger salute, I mean.)
If there's a car accident in town everyone will know about it and immediately worry they know someone involved. Most times they do.
Chances are you know at least five people who are on a billboard somewhere in town. Maybe you're one of them.
When you were a middle schooler you dreamed of moving to a big city like Omaha or Lincoln where all of the cool stuff happened. Like laser tag and go carts obviously.
Pancakes are used to raise money for charities.
When you run an errand expect to see at least eight people you know every time.
Your parents have had the same mailman for 15+ years.
You probably got at least one MIP or MIC in high school. And the police officer who gave it to you knew your parents.
You've partied in a garage, or a shed, or a farm, or a barn, or a field, or a work shop, or hell even right next to a cow, numerous times.
Everybody in town knows when a new restaurant is about to open and it's all they can talk about for months.
And when that new restaurant finally opens, everyone "just really hopes it does good."
However chain pharmacies are another thing. Right, Norfolk? What's so bad about CVS, seriously? Give it a try.
Local TV commercials. You've either been in one or know someone who has. And now let's all take a second to reflect on how great local TV is.
Directions are given in minutes rather than miles. And everything is usually just a 3-4 minute drive.
If you do anything even slightly against the law it will appear in the newspaper.
High school sports can get very intense. A few months ago I went with my parents to a high school boys basketball game and we got to the gym TWO HOURS EARLY... for a high school game.
The 4th of July is always a really big deal. Firework tents pop up everywhere. You've also probably worked and/or owned one of those tents before.
Seeing your town appear in a movie is EVERYTHING.
It's not uncommon to run into people who used to babysit you 20+ years ago.
Childhood summers were spent biking from one end of town to the other- usually with a pit stop at a gas station to fill up on fountain pop and beef jerky.
Also we small-towners say pop. Not soda.
When a house goes for sale everyone knows about it. And then they hire the best realtor in town Jade Lafleur. #soldbyjade
No secret is safe. Everyone knows everything.
But on the flip side, if you're ever struggling there's usually a band of people there to help. And why wouldn't they? They've probably known you since birth.
Small towns, guys. I really do love them. I wouldn't change my childhood for anything.
What did I miss? Add your own in the comments below.