When it comes to where you live, small towns can either be the best or worst place to be. It all depends who you are. Here are some ways you know if you grew up in a small town (as if you didn't already know).
1. Whenever you leave your small town to go anywhere, any direction you go there is a corn or bean field.
Expect there to be tractor traffic jams and bright combine lights. They're unavoidable.
2. You know everyone in town. You run into them at the store, the library, the post office. Pretty much everywhere.
Don't like someone? You're probably going to run into them about 500 times this week. Sorry.
3. The only people that go to the bar are the older generations. Usually the same 10 people... everyday... all day.
They are there from breakfast until past supper. What else do they have to do?
4. When you say you're going to the store, everyone knows where you are talking about.
To be fair, it's the only store in the town.
5. When there is drama or any kind of emergency, everyone knows.
There are no secrets in a small town. Chances are Carol, two doors down will know the gossip about you before you do.
6. We go to Wal-Mart for fun.
Every weekend you will see everyone at Wal-Mart. Especially the guys with their trucks. They all meet up and chill in the parking lot for some reason. I couldn't tell you why.
7. Almost everyone either works on a farm, is a farmer, or works in a factory.
It's just what we have to do around here.
8. Everyone is an alcoholic.
I know this for a fact. When I worked at the local grocery store, I had to fill the beer coolers every 30 minutes.
9. In the winter, if you can't plow your driveway, your neighbor will.
If they have a truck or four-wheeler, it will get plowed for you.
10. Everyone goes to the river for fun.
Especially in the summer. You can always expect to see the boats being loaded into the water and the pontoons from the bridge.
11. Almost everyone is involved in 4-H or FFA.
It's a farm community, what do you expect?
12. We have a lot of bonfires.
House parties aren't really a thing, more than likely the party is going to be around the campfire. Sometimes you'll see one in a garage or barn.
13. We have a big rival football game every year.
And basically, football is life.
14. There is more than one drug bust a year.
You'd expect this in a big city, but no. The people around here are all into drugs it seems.
15. Everyone says they hate their small town.
Everyone swears they will leave, but they never do.
As much as we talk about how much we hate the small town life, most of us wouldn't change it for the world. We visit big cities for fun, but are always happy to get back home where we know we are safe and loved. I (most of the time) love my small town.