Glawe's Outlook

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The small town lifestyle

I get so many emails and so many of them make me laugh. This one I am sharing with you really brought smiles and I recalled my own life of growing up in a southwestern Minnesota town of 500. Those who grew up in small towns will laugh when they read this; those who didn't may not appreciate how true it is. I have added a few comments (in parentheses.)

* You can name everyone you graduated with. (Yep, all 24 of them.)

* You know what 4-H means.

* You went to parties at a pasture, barn, gravel pit, or in the middle of a dirt road. On Monday you could always tell who was at the party because of the scratches on their legs from running through the woods when the party was busted. You scheduled parties around the schedules of different police officers, because you knew which ones wouldn't bust you.

* You used to "drag" Main. (173 cruises up and down a night because there was nothing else to do.)

* You whispered the 'F' word and your parents knew within the hour.

* You could never buy cigarettes because all the store clerks knew how old you were (and if you were old enough, they'd tell your parents anyhow.) Besides, where would you get the money?

* It was cool to date somebody from the neighboring town.

* The golf course had only 9 holes. (No golf course in my town - we did have a tennis court in the park!)

* You couldn't help but date a friend's ex-boyfriend/girlfriend.

* Your car stayed filthy because of the dirt roads, and you will never own a dark vehicle for this reason.

* The town next to you was considered "trashy" or "snooty," but was actually just like your town.

* You referred to anyone with a house newer than 1955 as the "rich" people.

* The people in the "big city" dressed funny, and then you picked up the trend two years later.

* Anyone you wanted could be found at the local gas station or the A & W. (For us it was Eddie's - which was filled with elderly gentlemen in the day time playing pool, playing cards and drinking beer or coffee and turned into the teenagers hangout after EVERY sporting event. Walking through the place was difficult as we were shoulder to shoulder with all our friends. Ah, it was a great place.)

* You saw at least one friend a week driving a tractor through town or one of your friends driving a grain truck to school occasionally.

* The gym teacher suggested you haul hay for the summer to get stronger.

* Directions were given using THE stop sign as a reference.

* When you decided to walk somewhere for exercise, five people would pull over and ask if you wanted a ride.

* Your teachers called you by your older siblings' names.

* There was no McDonalds.

* The closest mall was over an hour away.

* You've peed in a cornfield.

* You laughed reading this because you know it is true.

I would not have wanted to have been raised any other way!