8 Things Only Small Town Hoosiers Know

8 Things Only Small Town Hoosiers Know

There is more than corn in Indiana.
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Growing up a Hoosier is a great experience. However, Indiana gets some gossip spread about it. Here are 7 things only small town Hoosiers know to be true.


1. There is MORE than corn in Indiana.

There are a plethora of other crops here in Indiana. There are soybeans, pickles (Which are commonly known as cucumbers), tomatoes, sweet corn, popcorn, and even radish fields. Crops bring in a lot of revenue for our state but yes corn seems to be the leader.

2. Dirt roads are the best.

You can go a lot of places in Indiana. Cruising through various counties and streets, you know that a dirt road isn't too far. Making some dirt fly seems to be a good way to pass the time.

3. Going out of state is like traveling to another planet.

Not everyone says the same sayings or waves back at you. It is quite the adjustment when you are used to every farmer raising his hat at you.

4. The Internet is a blessing and a curse.

It is nice to be connected to the world but small towns never get good reception so you spend half of your time waiting for the internet to load. I guess that's why we spend so much time out in the fresh air.

5. Mowing your yard is at least a 2-hour job.

It is great to have a big yard and neighbors that are easily a mile away. However, when you have a nice big space like that, you know you have to make time in your day to mow. It has to be scheduled.

6. You run into everyone, everywhere.

The post office, gas station, bank, and library are all very convenient places to see people that you saw this morning. It's hard not to miss anyone when there is only one big intersection.

7. If you want anything more than a gallon of milk or a tank of gas, you'll have to drive at least 20 minutes to the closest town bigger than yours.

Need a new outfit for your date? Need meat for a big dinner? Plan on adding at least a 20-minute time slot to that just to get to the store. Who knows how bad traffic could be, especially if you get stuck behind a tractor.

8. The corn on the corner of the fields is always in the way when going through an intersection.

Stop sign is ahead but every corner is a corn field? My best advice is to pull out as slowly as possible until you can make sure there is no traffic about to danger your life. Good luck.


I hope all the small town Hoosiers got a good laugh at this.

Cover Image Credit: Lillyanne King

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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved
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To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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The Power Of The Census

The 2020 Census has the power to seriously damage minority communities in America and here's why.

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If you spent your formative years within the American public education system, you likely have a vague memory of learning about The United States census. For me, I thought of the census as a mere headcount which took place every ten years but was of little significance, particularly in a lesson filled with far more dynamic topics like civil disobedience or President William Howard Taft getting stuck in a bathtub.

However, the census is far more than a national roll-call. It has power.

The census determines the apportionment of congressional seats, affecting which groups of people have their voice amplified within the legislative branch. It also determines the distribution of both state and federal budgets.

Therefore, it is essential that the 2020 Census is both accurate and fair.

This reality is being threatened by the Trump administration's decision to include a controversial question, asking census respondents whether or not they are United States citizens. Experts at the Census Bureau have asserted that within a political climate where attacks on undocumented immigrants within the United States are commonplace, it is likely that the citizenship question will deter those with this status from responding to the census.

This could have widespread implications, injuring many who already experience hardships.

An undercount of the population would essentially skew the data, indicating that fewer people live in certain districts of states like Texas, Florida, Colorado, and Oregon who were projected to gain congressional seats based on their population growth; however, this may not occur following the citizenship question's statement.

Underrepresentation also damages communities who will no longer receive the correct amount of federal and state funding. In 2015, the government allocated more than $675 billion, much of it for programs that serve lower-income families, including Head Start, Medicare, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Pell grants for college and reduced-price school lunch programs, based on census data.

Due to the citizenship question, this money would not support oftentimes already vulnerable communities living in underrepresented regions of the country.

Another issue which activists are concerned about is the Census' more broad threat to communities of color.

The NAACP is filing suit against the US Census Bureau for its alarming lack of funds to conduct the 2020 Census which poses a threat to black and other minority communities within the United States. The NAACP finds that the Census Bureau is understaffed, underfunded and generally underprepared to conduct their count.

NAACP general counsel Brad Berry asserts, "It is imperative that the Census Bureau take steps immediately to minimize the undercount in communities of color and immigrant communities, especially given the likely impact of the underfunded census," and in late January, U.S. District Court Judge Paul Grimm in Maryland supported the NAACP's ability to pursue this claim, despite government attorney's urging against this ruling.

Furthermore, the NAACP raises concerns about the lack of testing conducted by the Census Bureau, especially considering 2020's Census will be the first digital census in United States history. Leaders highlight that this digital strategy fails to accommodate for Americans-- a disproportionate number of whom are people of color-- who do not have access to the technology needed to complete the survey.

The implications of undercounting minorities, in total, are devastating.

Personally, I believe that it is our obligation as Americans to ensure that the census does not become yet another tool for voter suppression and the dehumanization of undocumented immigrants within the United States.

If we remain actionless in the face of injustice, our complacency contributes to the system of oppression.

So what should we do?

Here are 5 resources (of many) that I have found to advocate against the citizenship questions and ensure that minorities are protected in census counting:

1. Sign the pledge on https://censuscounts.org/.

2. Tweet about it! Share information about what an important issue this is and urge your friends to learn about this issue.

3. If you can, attend one of the Census Day of Action events listed on the website above.

4. Contact your legislators. Let them know that this issue is important to you.

5. Donate to the NAACP to help support their case against the Census Bureau.

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