I grew up on a farm just outside of a particularly small, rural town. While it sometimes made me want to pull out my hair when I was younger, going away to college and getting used to life in a city has only helped me appreciate life in a small town.
Here are just a few things that you may have experienced if you, too, grew up in a rural community.
1. Traffic jams never made you late to school, but tractors did.
"Sorry I'm late. It's harvest season."
2. You knew everyone in the entire school.
"Did you know that the sophomores got a new kid? We should go say hi."
3. In fact, your city friends probably think that your class size was insanely small.
"I thought fifty people in one graduating class was huge."
4. But, hey, a smaller school meant that you could be really involved.
"What did I do in high school? FFA, FBLA, Student Council, softball, basketball, cheerleading, track, marching band, drama club, pep band, academic bowl..."
5. And speaking of FFA, you actually knew what it was and were maybe even a member.
"Ah, here's my blue jacket!"
6. You knew that all the best parties took place in either a barn, pasture or shed.
"Are you going to the pasture party tonight? There's going to be a bonfire!"
7. But if you got in trouble, you weren't shocked if everyone found out about it.
"Did you hear about what his friend's sister's cousin did?"
8. Really, the entire town knew who you were and what you were up to.
"Oh, I know you! You were in the town newspaper, last week!"
9. Not to mention, they probably personally knew your entire family.
"I could tell that you all were kin. You act just like your mother when she was your age."
10. With everyone knowing everyone, an ambulance or firetruck going through town meant making phone calls until you knew everyone was okay.
"The ambulance was heading west. I wanted to make sure no one got hurt."
11. And, honestly, you couldn't imagine not growing up in such a close-knit community.
"Ya'll are alright, I reckon."