I grew up in a small town. Not a terribly small town. I mean we got a McDonald’s when I was a kid and that was a huge deal, and then Starbucks eventually showed up, but there were no stoplights. It was a drinking town with a railroad problem 😉
That small town feel though…I wouldn’t change it at all. I liked growing up that way. I felt privileged over other kids because everyone did know your name, and you knew everyone else’s.
Anyway, when you grow up in a small town there’s a few things you’ve noticed over the years. And even now, I’ve moved away, but only to a slightly larger town. It’s slightly larger in the sense that it has plenty of stop lights, a Target, In-n-Out, and 6 Starbucks!
1. Everything shuts down at 9:00 pm
You’re starting to get hungry and it’s 8:00 pm. You now have to decide where the closest place is so that you can get to it and get food before it shuts down. If you don’t make a decision before 8:30 pm, then I guess you’re going hungry.
2. You can’t make a run to Target without seeing at least 1 person (if not, 2) you know
And of course you’re seriously trying to make it a run to Target, so you throw on some sweats, throw the hair back, rock the no makeup, and oh great, you bump into the popular girl from high school and she still looks as fabulous as ever and you look as homely as ever. And all you want to say is, “Oh yeah? Well you should check out my Instagram!”
3. Going out for errands is more of an all day event
Everything is so spread out that in order to hit all the places you want, it really is more of an all day trip. It’s so hard to pop over to a couple places after work. You’ve got to really schedule and plan your drive out to hit everything you need to before heading home.
4. You have to wake up an hour earlier to take care of all the animals before school/work
This was everyday when I lived at home. Up early to feed the cats, the dogs, the chickens, goats, and cows. They gotta eat too!
5. As soon as you turn 15 1/2 years old you are already at the DMV for your permit
You have GOT to start driving ASAP. Because you really can’t get anywhere or do anything unless your parents drive you. And let’s face it, that can be a little inconvenient when you want to make last minute plans.
6. Going “out” is more like heading over to a friend’s house
It’s too far of a drive to go “out” on the town. And plus then you gotta figure out how to get home, which will either cost a fortune or take too damn long. So gathering at a friend’s place to get your drink on just makes more sense.
7. Pretty small population
I think the population is about 2,000 people in the whole town. My high school had just over 1,000 students when I graduated, which was the largest group of students the school had ever seen! My graduating class: 245 kids. Everybody knew everybody. And if you said you didn’t know someone, then you’re pretty much an ass.
How about any of you? Any of you from a small town and know these struggles? What was it about your town that made you say, “Oh geez, I’m a small town person”?