4 Things I Miss Most About Home

4 Things I Miss Most About Home

There are few things that can replace the joy of growing up in a small town.
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In my 18 years of living in a small town, I may have complained about having to drive two or more hours for good shopping, that there wasn't anything to do on the weekends and plenty of other things that were only detrimental to a teenage girl. Now that I have been away for a few months experiencing the city life; here is what I have to say about the greatness of small towns.

1. FAMILY

Small towns have a huge sense of family. Whenever someone is in need, the whole town comes together to support them. It's a beautiful thing to watch and something even better to partake in. The sense of family that I grew up knowing is one of the things I miss most from home. No matter if I was actually with my own family or if I was out with friends. It has its downsides though. There were plenty of times that I should've been in class but instead was down the street getting coffee, and would get caught. Unless you lived in a gated community and only fifteen or twenty families were living there, you won't find that sense of family and community in a big city.

2. HOLIDAYS

Each town has a holiday that they are famous for. For some it's the 4th of July, for others, it's Christmas, and for some, it's even St. Patrick's Day. All of the families go all-out, and it's something you cannot miss if you live close by. At home, we're famous for the Christmas decorations we put up down the main street. Each year, right after Thanksgiving, the decorations go up, and they stay until New Years. It's a tradition that I will always love, and one day want my kids to experience.

3. DIRT ROADS

I, for one, miss the feel of a dirt road underneath my wheels. There isn't anything quite like rolling your windows down and feeling the evening breeze with your music blaring. As I grew up and was able to drive going for a drive on a dirt road was my way of stress relief. Once you hit the big city, driving is more of a job than it is a way to relax.

4. AGRICULTURE

I'm from Nebraska, and there are acres and acres of farmland followed by pastures of cow-calf pairs. When you're on the interstate, instead of passing by housing divisions filled with hundreds of houses, you'll be passing pivots and an occasional piece of machinery. The best time of year to go driving on the highway is in the late fall when all of the cows have been turned out on the corn stalks. I always love getting to see and appreciate what all of the farmers and ranchers do.

Even though I may be a big city girl now, I will always appreciate what small towns have to offer.

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23 Things You Call Your Mom For In College

They have the answers to everything, literally.
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Mothers. You love them, you hate them (not really), you end up growing up to be just like them. But, when in college, your relationship with them grows to another level. You need them in a totally different way, you are no longer dependent on them, but you still have things that only they can answer.

1. What is my social security number again?

2. How do I fill the insurance form out at the doctor? Have I ever had the chicken pox?

3. How do I cook that dish again? I need every single step, please

4. Say, for instance, I washed a red with my whites, how do I get that out?

5. Remind me again why I am in college?

6. Can you transfer me some money?

7. Last time I promise, but can you transfer me money just one more time?

8. Can I have this dress? It is really cute on, pinky swear.

9. Can you please call the doctor to schedule my appointment?

10. What aisle is *insert food item* on in the grocery store?

11. So I am coughing and sneezing and I am in the medicine aisle at CVS, what should I buy??

12. I know I am like 20 something, but can you help me with the laundry again?

13. Hey, mom, I'm walking to class alone and don't want to look like a loner so hey, how's your day?

14. So I got a stain on my favorite shirt for the 14th time, how do I get that out?

15. Is it bad if I eat mac 'n' cheese for every meal?

16. OK, so *insert food product* expired a week ago, can I still eat it?

17. Oh my gosh, did you see *insert person* is engaged/having a baby??

18. What is the amazon login again?

19. Can you send me a pic of the dog, please?

20. Is it really that bad if I drop out of college?

21. Hey, what should I eat for dinner?

22. I'm having a nervous breakdown, hope you have a few hours to talk. No? Well too bad *talks for 4 hours about stupid professors and hating college*

23. Hey, mom, have I told you lately that you're the best and I love ya?

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It's Only November, DO NOT Cue The Christmas Music

"Why are people so quick to switch gears from October 31... to November 1st?"

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As I write this article it is early November. Crazy how we are already into November. For those of you who have two different personalities from Halloween to November 1, this is for you. Do not cue Christmas music in early November.

November is a really beautiful month if you take the time to appreciate it. Leaves continue to change, the temperature starts to drop, which means more coffee and hot chocolate! The NJEA convention is in early November, if you're an educator, future one, or if you're a current student, you are off these days, and of course, everyone is off for Thanksgiving. A time to celebrate what we are thankful for with our friends and family. Tables full of hot soups to warm our chilly bodies, turkey, creamy mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet cranberry sauce, an array of pies and desserts, you name it.

So why are people so quick to switch gears from October 31, a time to dress up, trick or treat and attend Halloween parties, to November 1st, a time that has become all about Black Friday and Christmas? We've lost the meaning of Thanksgiving. In my opinion, stores should not be open on Thanksgiving Day. As mentioned it's a day to spend with family. You can shop for those best deals and stand in line for hours the following day and days leading up to Christmas.

We live in a time where everyone is busy with their own lives and family, and it's difficult to get together with everyone's schedules. So on Thanksgiving, it's the perfect time to surround yourself with family and friends, enjoying a meal together, counting your blessings, showing gratitude and appreciation, and catching up on everyone's lives. Truly a day of Thanksgiving!

So I encourage all of you to prepare for Thanksgiving and focus on family, friends, and gratitude. Next time someone talks about Black Friday or Christmas before Thanksgiving, stand your ground, make your voice and the holiday of Thanksgiving be heard.

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