5 Ways You Know You Grew Up In Good Ole Small Town USA

5 Ways You Know You Grew Up In Good Ole Small Town USA

Just a small town girl, but I'm not in a lonely world.

Home Sweet Home. Everyone loves home, but some of us know that home consists of the whole town. Where I come from we live in a little community where everyone knows everyone and all the kids go to the same school. With such a tight nit community nothing goes unnoticed. What actually classifies being in a small town? Well here are a few points that you might know a little too well if you come from a town like I do.

1. Your Grandparents Live Next Door

Where I live every house is the grandparents and the parents next door. We are set up side by side. We have our own personal watchdog in our grandparents are retired and stay home. Anything needed at school they can run it to you. Sick, do not fret they're there in a flash to come pick you up. They are never too far when you just need the love of your grandparents.

2. All your friends are less the five miles away

Living in a small town means you are no further than being five miles away from your best friends. It also means that you are always at one of the houses. You have your parties out in a field with your friends and you all sit on tailgates with a bonfire. You go to waffle house or huddle house to eat because it's the only place still open. You are hardly ever at your own home because you're always with your friends tearing up a back road.

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3. Friday's are for football

Friday night the whole community is right up the road at the football game. Even if you do not have a child playing you go because they are more than likely a cheerleader or band member. Don't have any children? You're there supporting your best friend's kids or your best friend who just so happens to be the head coach or you just like to support your Alma mater. No matter the reason you're there and you would not have it any other way.

4. Saturday nights are all about the bonfires

You're really the cool kid if you have a big piece of land to share with all the kids. We all make sure we have the trucks shined up to pick the girl up. Yes that is probably a cliche line from a country song but it's the truth. If you do not have a truck do not worry about coming because you can't get to the fire. Start it up and just sit there until there is no more wood or until the parents call us home. Either way we have a good time just hanging out.

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5. Your business is EVERYBODY'S business

In a small town there is zero privacy since all the kids of the community go to the same school that means they go and tell their moms and dads who cheated on who after it's told at school on Monday morning. Who am I kidding we don't need to wait for Monday morning it's sent around Sunday at church like the offering plate. Gossip happens no matter where you are but a small town everyone knows. Also never count on anyone to mind their own business.

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I wouldn't change my small town for nothing. I love it and I love dinners at everyone's house. I love that everyone knows everyone. We all support each other. It's a great atmosphere to grow up in and I wouldnt change a thing.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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An Open Letter To The Friend Who Continues To Save My Life

No one knows me like you do.


From the day we became friends, we have always had nothing but support for one another. Although we have only really been friends for about seven years now, I feel as if you have always been a part of my life. You know me just as well as you know yourself, and I understand you in the same way I understand my own thoughts and feelings.

You have never made me feel pressured, insecure, or unappreciated. The mutual respect we have for one another is unmatched. We can talk to each other about anything; from some of the most trivial topics to entire life philosophies. We have grown and matured together, and I couldn't be more proud of the person you are today.

We don't always agree on everything, and I always appreciate your fresh point of view, but I have never felt more in sync with another person than I do with you. We share the same birth month, the same age, the same home town, the same anxieties, and many of the same attitudes and values.

I feel as if you know exactly when I want to be alone and when I need company. Since we are both introverted, we understand that the other person needs time to recharge. And when I'm sitting alone with nothing to do, I always get a text from you asking to hang out.

In some of my loneliest, most vulnerable moments, you have been there. When I question how many true friends I really have, you are always sure to make your love for me known.

Through high school, and now college, we have experienced so many life-changing events together. Some that have taught us extremely valuable lessons, and others that have shown us incredible pain and how to grow from our lowest moments.

I want to thank you for showing me what life-long friendship looks like. Thank you for always understanding me and never putting too much pressure on me. I see an incredible future for both of us no matter where each of our lives takes us.

We will always share a unique connection that cannot be separated by any distance. But, for now, I'm glad you're only one text or phone call away.

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