22 Signs You Grew Up In A Small Town

22 Signs You Grew Up In A Small Town

You've known everyone since kindergarten.

Growing up, I just assumed that my town was normal. It never occurred to me that to an outsider, small town life might seem pretty weird. Since leaving home, it's become clear that things that were regular to me seem strange to everyone else. Looking back, there are many aspects of small town life that are... unique. If you grew up in a small town, these will sound very familiar.

1. Nobody has heard of your town.

Whenever people ask where you’re from, you give them the name of the nearest big city. Chances are that no one ends up where you live unless they’re lost or visiting relatives for Christmas.

2. You’ve had same group of friends your whole life.

The friends that sat next to you at your high school graduation are probably the same friends you played with at recess in the second grade. You’ve grown up together and experienced everything together, forming an unbreakable bond for the rest of your lives.

3. Driving around is something people do for fun, not just a way to travel.

You've spent countless hours in the car with your friends; not driving to go anywhere, just driving to drive. In small towns, driving around with the radio blasting is a popular form of entertainment. Since you live in the middle of nowhere, there are plenty of places to drive with your friends in search of your next adventure.

4. You can walk to all of your friend’s houses.

Everything in your town is within a few miles of your house. It makes it really convenient when you want to see your friends, because you can just walk a block or two to their house.

5. You know all of your neighbors.

As it turns out, most people don’t actually know their neighbors that well. But in a small town, everybody knows everybody. Which means no, you can’t have a party while your parents are gone, because Mrs. Smith next door will call your parents.

6. You know everyone in your graduating class.

Not only do you know your neighbors, but you basically know everyone in your town. You’ve gone to school with the same people since kindergarten, so you know their siblings, their parents, and their second cousin.

7. New people are really exciting.

Seeing as you've grown up with the same people since you were in diapers, new students or neighbors always created a buzz.

8. Teachers refer to you by your older sibling's name.

Your teacher has had all of your older siblings and probably your parents in class. Whether your sibling was the class clown or the class genius, your teacher will expect the same from you no matter how different the two of you may be.

9. You run into at least five people you know at any given public place.

Running to the grocery store to pick up milk for dinner turns into a 30-minute ordeal because you have to stop and talk to everybody that you know. Which is probably everybody.

10. Everybody has dated everybody.

You’re all swimming in the same small pond with the same couple of fish. There’s a high probability that more than one person in your friend group has dated the same person. Who’s also probably the same person you shared a mat with during nap time in preschool.

11. Your town has a sport.

Most likely football or basketball. It doesn’t matter how old someone is -- you can guarantee that they’re a die-hard fan. The star players on your town’s team are also the most popular kids in school. Win or lose, your whole town revolves around this sports team.

12. Friday nights are spent at the stadium.

If anyone drove through your town on a Friday night, it would look like a ghost town, because everyone is on the field or the court to watch the game. Sports are not just a past time in small towns -- they’re a religion.

13. You can identify the owner of most of the cars you see.

The red van? Oh, Julie and her family must be here. The silver pickup that’s double parked? Yep, that’s your friend’s ex-boyfriend.

14. A store parking lot serves as your go-to meet/hang-out spot.

When you're meeting up with a group to go somewhere, it's just accepted that you'll be meeting at "the" parking lot. You know exactly who is going out that night by the cars in the parking lot.

15. Everyone goes to the same place to eat.

Every small town has its own delicious diner. “Going out to eat” means driving down the road to this place. It’s a great place to go with family or friends, but never go on a date here -- unless you want to eat next to your fourth grade teacher.

16. You frequently get stuck behind tractors on the road.

Some people are late because the trains were behind schedule. Some people complain about traffic. But in a small town, if you’re late, there’s a good chance that you got stuck behind a tractor. People never seem to believe me when I tell them that people do, in fact, drive tractors on the highway.

17. All of the roads in your town are one lane.

Unless a major highway runs through your town, the rest of the roads are probably one lane, making it extra annoying when you get stuck behind a tractor.

18. Anything “fun” is at least 20 minutes away.

For fun on the weekends, you’re forced to drive 20 plus minutes to the nearest town. Once there, you can choose from a few restaurants, a mall, and maybe a movie theater.

19. Everyone knows everyone's secrets.

Gossip spreads like wildfire in small towns. You know everything about everyone -- but they know everything about you, too.

20. You've probably been featured in the local paper.

Mr. White's class is going on a field trip to the fire station? Better call the press! Nothing eventful ever happens in your town, so chances are that you've been featured on the front page. The top stories usually consist of either local sports or school plays.

21. The annual town festival is the highlight of the summer.

Anyone who's anyone will be at the summer fair. The same Ferris wheel you were terrified to go on as a child is probably the same one where you had your awkward first kiss. You know which vendor has the best lemon shake-ups and which ride operators will let you skip to the front of the line.

22. It will always feel like home.

No matter how far away you go to college or where you end up moving later in life, your town will always be your home.

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.


Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.



You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.


You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.


The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers


You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.


The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"


The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution


This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi


Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters


You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs


Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.



Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets


Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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