You may know that you're from a small town when you can identify with the following:
You can’t go to a restaurant without seeing at least five people you know.
You walk in to immediately see one of your friends, your 7th grade science teacher, someone you know from social media but don’t actually know, or your best friends parents. Some days you love walking in and talking for 30 minutes before eating, but sometimes you just want to eat and run.
A train can put the whole town's day on pause.
If you spot a train coming, well, I hope you’re not in a hurry because this train tends to either be 10 minutes or long or it likes to stop right in the middle of town. The absolute worst is when it is 7:45 in the morning, stopped and the whole town is trying to go over the same bridge to make it to school and work on time.
The whole city shuts down for Friday night football.
When 7:30 on a Friday night hits, you won’t see a soul on the streets of this town. Everyone is, in my case, at Weinman Stadium ready to cheer on another victory for the Canes. When the fall ends and winter is near, you find yourself feeling empty on those Friday nights when you’re patiently waiting for August to return.
You are referred to as “so-and-so’s son/daughter” or “so-and-so’s grandkid”
When you’re parents, grandparents, great grandparents and so on were all raised in the same town you are bound to know almost everyone. You may be spotted in public by someone that recognizes you from your grandma’s facebook page followed by the “I saw you on facebook and you’ve just grown so much!” You still have no idea who they are, but they for sure know you. You also know that you can never do anything rebellious because you will almost always be seen by someone that knows your parents!