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.
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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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How To Cope With A Best Friend Breakup


Breaking up with a boyfriend is one thing, but breaking up with your best friend is a whole new level of heartbreak.

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We all know breakups can be tough, but when that breakup happens to be between you and your best friend, things reach a new level of heartbreak. I met my best friend junior year of high school after our Spanish teacher randomly assigned us to be partners; we struggled so much in that class but in the end, we truly became inseparable. When senior year rolled around we were still close as ever; people would often joke that we were sisters because we looked and acted so much alike. We would go on little dates together, go to parties together, and were always the first person we called when something "major happened."

When my best friend's boyfriend of four years cheated on her while we were spring breaking in Europe, it became my duty to make her feel better; I would randomly drop off flowers and little notes to her house, spend countless hours just listening to her cry and vent, and even stopped talking to people associated with her boyfriend so as to show my "support." All of these things were no big deal to me considering I loved this girl like a sister; whatever she needed I was there to give that to her.

Things soon took a sharp turn when we entered not only the same college but the same sorority. While I was struggling with the social aspect of FSU, my best friend soon found new best friends. When I started having major issues with my boyfriend, I would automatically text/call my best friend as she did with me, but instead of support, I got the sense that she was passive and uninterested. Our little dates and goofy inside jokes disappeared and reappeared between her and her new friends, and my comfortableness around her soon turned into insecurity.

Coming to terms with the fact that the girl I knew everything about is now basically a stranger was a hard one to overcome; I didn't want to accept the fact that my best friend decided it was time to find new ones. It's heartbreaking knowing that the special things you shared with a person are now being shared with others, and it's hard to accept the fact that you aren't wanted or needed by the one person you thought would be by your side forever.

Since school has ended I think I have accepted the fact that we're no longer what we used to be. Of course, it still stings when I see social media posts with her new, college friends, but I just have to remind myself that this is part of life and I just have to move on. I will forever cherish the memories I made with her, but it's time to acknowledge that they were made with someone in my past, not with someone in my present.

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