Small Southern Town Things That Will Sound Weird If You Don't Live In One

Small Southern Town Things That Will Sound Weird If You Don't Live In One

You know everyone. Scarier yet, everyone knows you.

I went to high school in a small southern town called Flintstone. Yes, as in yabba-dabba-doo. I barely lived here for four years, so I took some notes from my friends who, like most people here, have resided in the general area their entire lives, their parents before them. The culture is unlike that of any town I have ever been a part of, but that is a discussion for another time. Here are some of the things that stand out to me, approved by some life time residents.

1. Everyone's entire family lives here.

Not kidding. Cousins, siblings, grandparents, everyone lives in the same area. A lot of people's grandparents actually live with them or next door which I had never seen until I moved here.

2. They have their own small town language that doesn't make sense for a while.

People refer to things as "THE mountain" which was confusing for me because there are so many mountains in the area. They also have nicknames for different parts of town, and there is an area called fairyland, which is not pronounced the way it looks, so don't you dare think about pronouncing it fairy land.

3. Your classmates all bag your groceries, serve your dinner or rip your movie ticket.

Don't go to the store in your pajamas because your chem lab partner will probably bag your groceries. Too many people work at the movie theater, so go to the one in the next town over.

4. Because of #3, you always see someone you know, especially on bad hair days.

Like I said, look down, or go to the one in the town next over. These people know too much about you anyway.

5. People go back to their high school way too many years after they graduate.

One year, okay. Two, if your siblings still go here I guess it's fine. Six years, however, is too too long ago. Please leave my classroom.

6. You can't date because there is an endless web of past relationships.

You think a boy is cute and your only friend is all "oh yeah we dated and he also dated our friends too". So in the end, no one is taken, but everyone is off limits. It's the same if you want to be friends because girls have this never ending belief that if they don't like someone, then neither should their friends.

7. If you've ever lived anywhere else, don't talk about it.

Because they'll give you a face similar to this.

8. When you see someone new at school, they get the third degree.

Where did you come from? Why did you leave? Why on earth did you come here? Who's going to date him first?

9. You know where everyone goes to church. Everyone.

There are more Baptist churches than there are gas stations, and you probably know which one everyone goes to, and when they don't go.

10. Wednesday nights are a no.

The whole bible belt situation means that no extra curricular activity meets past about 4:30 on Wednesday because as you know, that is church night.

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1. They shop at Goodwill mostly... low maintenance you could say?

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2. They are pretty awesome at talking to parents... opening days have given good practice for them. Give them 15 minutes and they will become best friends with your parents.

3. Their best friends actually are long you can wait a while to meet their besties who will want to know everything about you and make sure your intentions are good.

4. They have learned how to look decently presentable without showering for a week... maybe may or may not like this one.

5. They are always down for adventure... sure let's hike for eight miles uphill in the middle of the week!

6. They know what it is like to be woken up at 2 a.m. because someone wet their bed... mom training.

7. They also know how to give the "modest is hottest" talk to the teenage campers... and will help give you a classy future daughter.

8. Building fires is their hidden talent... if you ever get stuck on a deserted island with them they can help you.

9. Animal shirts are a common clothing item... they know how to have fun.

10. They throw killer dance parties... ones your grandma would approve of.

11. They are used to being publicly embarrassed for others (their campers') enjoyment... and usually can take a joke or prank well.

12. They also know how to prank you back... summer camp prepares you for awesome prank wars.

13. If you want to see her with no makeup on just look at her camp photos... natural beauty?

14. They actually love children... they chose to spend a whole summer loving other people's kids; imagine how awesome they will treat their own.

15. Chances are they are a really fun person and will bring out your inner child... yes, climb that random tree and paint your face because it is Wednesday.

16. Their "real job" will come later in life... they will end up being successful. Most employers love to hire former counselors, so it is not a waste of a summer.

17. They know how to hide their favorites in life really well... so if they choose to date you they are basically saying you are their favorite and that is a big deal to them.

18. They have learned how to eat unhealthy food every day for a whole summer and stay in shape... or try to at least.

19. They also are obviously not a diva when it comes to material needs...they went a whole summer without even air conditioning and never complained.

20. If they love you anything like they love their campers your needs will always be put first...they are some of the most selfless people you will ever meet.

21. They love God, living for Him, and have already made a difference in many children's lives... they are the real MVPS.

If you are still looking for a place to work this summer and love adventure, Jesus, and children, apply for Camp Crestridge for Girls; they still have many positions available. I'll be there so you should too!

If you are a boy apply for Camp Ridgecrest for Boys!

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You've Heard Of 'How To Be Single,' But Let's Talk About 'How To Be Romantic'

For some of us, it takes work to be cutesy and romantic.


Okay, I'm probably the least romantic person anyone has ever met. Not to say that I'm a bad girlfriend or that I'm not caring. I just find love in simple things like knowing what to order for them at restaurants, doing their laundry, planning unique dates, or cooking for them. It's not that I'm opposed to being arduous, I've just never been a chocolate and flowers kind of girl. I'm more of a Mongolian hot pot and "let's walk across the Brooklyn Bridge!" kind of girl. I appreciate some effort, tailoring something to fit a person's idiosyncratic personality or general spontaneity, not how flowery something looks. Not saying that I'm not feminine, I'm just my own entity, so to speak, and that translates into my love life. Needless to say, I thought I should learn how the other half lives, so I've challenged myself to take a course on being a classic/hopeless romantic just to understand how others think and who knows I might change some of my habits!

1. Leave notes

I think it's a really cute and simple idea that I will try to do because it makes everything very personal.

2. Write them a poem

I've had this done for me but I've never actually done it, because believe it or not, I didn't like to read or write poems up until this year.

3. Cuddling

Okay, so I'm not a cuddler, I have no idea why — it's more or less a personal space and attachment issue, I guess. I love hugs though! I guess I just have to be in the mood to cuddle and at times I can be. Other times it just makes me nervous.

4. Dedicate a song to them on the radio

It seems like the people on the radio that do this are crazy in love and honestly, to be able to have the ability to go on the radio and just declare your love for someone else is really inspiring.

5. Surprise them!

I personally cannot stand surprises, but I love to surprise other people and just be spontaneous, so I sort of do this already.

6. Carve your names into a tree

I've thought about doing this, but I've never got around to it, so I promise one day I will.

7. Go see a romantic movie

Nope, nope, I'll barf! Not happening, strictly horror movies for this girl, sorry!

8. Make them a care package

See, this makes me think a lot about what really defines romantic, because I do this all the time, but I don't consider it romantic, I just think it's sweet.

9. Take a walk on the beach together

I've done this, but I have to be doing this while looking for seashells or I feel like I'll be bored.

10. Make a CD for them


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