Things People Who Live In A Small Town Know

Things People Who Live In A Small Town Know

It's kind of a struggle but we love it.

Good ole small town USA.

There's a decent amount of small towns scattered across the United States. Some in New York, New Hampshire, Colorado, Maine, the list goes on and on. It has its ups and downs, there's good and bad in everything, right? I'm from Beacon, New York, which is a small town upstate in the Hudson Valley. From my experience, I can tell you the good, the bad, and the ugly of living in a small town.

1. NO ONE knows where your town actually is.

Trying to explain to new friends where your from is such a headache. Usually your response is "Yeah, its like near (insert popular town near you) but not really." Eventually you'll get sick of it and start telling people you're from the popular town near you.

2. Everyone knows everyone.

Most of the older generations who live in your small town have been there since they were born, and their not leaving. Your mom's best friend's son, is probably your best friend's boyfriend.

3. Everyone knows your business.

It's just about impossible to keep things a secret. Everyone knows what color your car is, who you went to prom with, and who your dating.

4. Dating can get weird.

Since your town is small, there's probably not a whole lot of people. The problem with that is you have to be careful who you choose to date, cause they might be your like your fifth cousin or something.

5. There's not a lot of things to do.

Everyone goes to the same bars on your main street and weekends can get repetitive. Spending money is the only way you can actually get out of the house. (Starbucks trips, diner trips, mall trips.)

6. Friend groups are cliquey.

You've been friends with the same group of girls/boys since you started pre-school. When new people come into your town its like their from a different planet.

7. There's never much traffic.

The only time traffic hits is when its rush hour and it's a walk in the park. There's always somewhere to park and no one is ever blocking your driveway.

8. It's quiet.

Small towns are always so laid back and your neighborhood is peacefully quiet. If you ever need to sit back, relax, and drink a glass of wine you can do it in the comfort of your own home.

9. We stick up for each other.

If we ever hear other towns talking bad about people in our town, we always stick up for them. It could be the person you absolutely hate because they hit you in the head with a soccer ball in middle school but ain't NOBODY messing with your hometown squad.

10. Life is easier.

You have your community right at your finger tips. The local grocery store, gas station, and best friends house is all less than ten minutes away. Everyone knows each other and quality time means more.

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I Blame My Dad For My High Expectations

Dad, it's all your fault.

I always tell my dad that no matter who I date, he's always my number one guy. Sometimes I say it as more of a routine thing. However, the meaning behind it is all too real. For as long as I can remember my dad has been my one true love, and it's going to be hard to find someone who can top him.

My dad loves me when I am difficult. He knows how to keep the perfect distance on the days when I'm in a mood, how to hold me on the days that are tough, and how to stand by me on the days that are good.

He listens to me rant for hours over people, my days at school, or the episode of 'Grey's Anatomy' I watched that night and never once loses interest.

He picks on me about my hair, outfit, shoes, and everything else after spending hours to get ready only to end by telling me, “You look good." And I know he means it.

He holds the door for me, carries my bags for me, and always buys my food. He goes out of his way to make me smile when he sees that I'm upset. He calls me randomly during the day to see how I'm doing and how my day is going and drops everything to answer the phone when I call.

When it comes to other people, my dad has a heart of gold. He will do anything for anyone, even his worst enemy. He will smile at strangers and compliment people he barely knows. He will strike up a conversation with anyone, even if it means going way out of his way, and he will always put himself last.

My dad also knows when to give tough love. He knows how to make me respect him without having to ask for it or enforce it. He knows how to make me want to be a better person just to make him proud. He has molded me into who I am today without ever pushing me too hard. He knew the exact times I needed to be reminded who I was.

Dad, you have my respect, trust, but most of all my heart. You have impacted my life most of all, and for that, I can never repay you. Without you, I wouldn't know what I to look for when I finally begin to search for who I want to spend the rest of my life with, but it might take some time to find someone who measures up to you.

To my future husband, I'm sorry. You have some huge shoes to fill, and most of all, I hope you can cook.

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5 Things To Do In Orlando Before It Gets Unbearably Hot

Which is only like, two weeks out of the year to be honest.


As locals, we all know that we spend at least 90% of our time in Orlando sweating. There's only like two months of the year when it's not a hundred degrees outside. So now, as we're easing into Spring, it's the perfect time to enjoy all the nature there is to enjoy throughout the Orlando area before it becomes too hot to exist anywhere outside the comfort of air-conditioning. So get out there in the great outdoors! And enjoy it before it's too hot to even function.

1.  Blueberry picking.

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Who would have even thought you could pick blueberries in Orlando?? If it wasn't for my recent move to the Clermont area, I would have never known this place existed. In just a few weeks (starting late March) you can pick your own blueberries at Southern Hill Farms off of Highway 27 in Clermont, Florida (just North of Kissimmee for those of you who are directionally-challenged like me). What better way to enjoy the not-quite-hot-as-hell weather and the great outdoors than by picking your own blueberries?

Oh! And starting mid-April you can pick peaches too!

2.  Checking out local farmer's markets.

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Who knew there are SO many farmers markets in the Orlando area! Whether you're looking to buy fresh produce, get your hands on some local honey, or just browse handmade items and local art, a farmers' market is the place to go! And unlike other local attractions in Orlando, heading to your nearest farmers market doesn't involve driving to the other side of Orlando-- there's bound to be one near you! It's the perfect way to get out of the house, enjoy the fresh air, and appreciate the local community.

Check out this list of local farmers markets and their hours here.

3.  Hiking.

Hernán Piñera

Surprisingly, there are a TON of places to hike in the Orlando area. Which I would definitely only recommend enjoying now unless you like dying of heat stroke. Thankfully, most walking/hiking trails in the area are shaded and also DOG FRIENDLY. So bring the pup and bring the water, and you'll have the best time enjoying the great outdoors in Orlando.

Check out this list for some of the more popular trails in the area.

4.  Exploring flea markets, thrift stores and garage sales.


I can't be the only one who loves yard sale and flea market scouring? There's nothing better than finding a trendy piece of vintage clothing or a sick piece of antique decor. Plus market shopping is hella cheap and great for helping the environment (because up-cycling, duh). Orlando is crawling with flea markets--which are mostly air-conditioned, thank goodness--though most of them tend to be a bit too touristy for my taste. But local thrift stores are a gem. Get ya something cold to drink, grab some friends, and get hunting. Enjoy the smell of old ladies and mothballs while you look through all the stuff.

Marie Kondo would be so proud of you.

5.  Appreciating local gardens.

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Specifically, Leu Gardens in Downtown Orlando. This 50-acre botanical garden is in full bloom with their mission to inspire visitors to appreciate and understand plants-- because they're awesome. Spring is the perfect time to enjoy the tropical plant life and soak in the citrus aromas before walking around greenhouses in hundred-degree-weather becomes a death sentence. It's something I think everyone should do at least once while they're in Orlando.

Because there's so much more to do than just theme parks and tourist attractions.

So while Spring is in the air, make sure you get out and enjoy it. Because soon we will all be cast away into air-conditioned solidarity while we wait for fall to arrive. Enjoy the weather, enjoy the fresh air, and enjoy Orlando and everything it has to offer.

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