Small towns can be great. They're safe, and sometimes knowing everyone is nice. But there's also times when it's not so nice, like when all you want is to get through the grocery store in your sweatpants without running into anyone you know. There are definitely pros and cons, but here are some signs that you live in a small town.
1. The nurses at the doctor's office recognize you.
I went to the doctor today, and I haven't been there in the three years since I've been in school. Despite the fact that I've grown up–a little–changed my hair, and that they see many patients every day, I was still recognized. Yes, I know I've grown up. Yes, I'm driving now. Yes, school is going well. Can you give me some meds now?
2. You also know everyone at your favorite restaurant.
Every town has that one restaurant that everyone goes to. For me, it's the Dog House, and I've been going there since I was little with my mother. I eat there every time I'm home, and they still bring my drink order as soon as I sit down. It's not a visit home without a trip to get the best burger in town.
3. You know all the shortcuts.
You know all the back roads, all the cut-throughs and all the stoplights along the way. There's always an easier way to get across town, and you know them all.
4. Your grandmother's friends also recognize you.
As I left my favorite coffee shop today, a nice little old lady told me hello and asked how school is going. I had a brief conversation, and I still don't know who she is. I can safely say, however, that she is a friend of my grandmother's. Whether that's a perk or a downside of small-town life, I'm still not sure.
5. No one knows where you're from.
Ice-breakers are never fun, but they're even worse when you have to explain your town. Inevitably, you settle for saying the nearest city or just the county, with a shrug and mutter about small-town life\
6. You can't wear sweatpants out of the house without running into someone you know.
Sometimes pants are just too difficult. Everyone needs a day to just relax and chill, but sometimes you also have to go to the store on the same day. Unfortunately, there's no way to avoid seeing someone you know. With any luck, they'll realize it's your vacation day, but there's always the chance that they'll ask if you're sick.
There are certainly times when being in a small town gets tiring. But growing up in a small, safe, tight-knit community definitely has its perks. Knowing your neighbors, how to get around town and being near your family is great; you wouldn't trade it for anything else.