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Growing up in small towns

Submitted by Anonymous

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

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
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) If you said the "F" word, 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. And before Monday your teachers would know all about the party &
who had attended. Maybe they even knew before and that could be the
reason the party was busted.
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.
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 then 1965 as the "rich
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 or the town
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 w! ere 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) You've "relieved yourself" in a cornfield.
31) Most people went by a nickname.
32) You laughed reading this because you know it is true, and you forward
it to everyone who may have lived in a small town. I would not want to have been brought up any other way!