Growing up I was stuck in the middle of cows and horses, that being said, my left neighbors had cows while my right neighbors had horses. Living in the small town of Culver one realizes when house hunting there aren’t many houses to actually “hunt” down. So I grew up in a two-story house just ten minutes away from the small town I would call home for the next twelve plus years of my life.
Living in a town with a population of 1,380 people, give or take, for ten plus years, it’s safe to assume I know a thing or two about small towns. So, without further ado, here is the truth about small towns.
1. You never get lost.
It’s virtually impossible to get lost in a small town. I promise you, if you get lost in a small town then you’re more then likely in the woods, or inebriated
2. We make our own fun.
People living in small towns are more inclined to make their own fun because there is no amusement park or mall ten minutes down the road. By “make our own fun” I mean racing tricycles down the biggest hill you could find, going skinny dipping in the lake, or simply just going for a ride around town and buying slushes at the gas station.
3. You can name everyone in your graduating class
Naming everyone in your grade is as easy as singing the alphabet, considering if you double the number of letters in the alphabet that pretty much makes up your class, if you’re lucky.
4. The only traffic jam you have to deal with is when everyone is rushing to get out of school
There is never any traffic in small towns, until the last bell rings making it a race to see if you can be the first one out so you don’t get stuck behind the yellow buses.
5. Teachers referred to you by your older siblings name
If you’re an only sibling and live in a small town, consider yourself lucky. If not, get ready for the “oh, you’re little Suzie Lou’s sister,” from every teacher you meet. Not to mention the comparisons you get. Just hope that your older sibling was a good student, because if not, teachers will expect the same behavior out of you.
6. The closest Walmart is thirty minutes away, and don’t even get me started on fast food joints
If you ever want to get any shopping done you had to driving a few miles out just to get to the closest shopping center. Consider yourself lucky if your town has a fast food joint. As expected, most don’t, so say hello to overly priced burgers from family owned restaurants.
7. Everyone feels safe
Most of the time everyone can feel safe in a small town. Parents let their kids walk around, neighbors keep their doors unlocked. Everyone knows everything there could be to know about anyone, so it’s easy to trust.
8. The festivals are the greatest annual events
Small town festivals are the biggest events of the year, and the most exciting ones. Even if the festival isn’t that big it’s filled with fried ice cream and elephant ears, which is the closest thing anyone will get to a fast food place.
9. There are no secrets
As said in number seven, everyone knows everyone. Its easy for a rumor to spread with so few people and little excitement in small towns. The moment you get into a relationship half the school knows by lunch!
10. Most wouldn’t trade it for the world
Small towns can be amazing and hard to live in at the same time. There are many memories one can make at a small town and most agree that they wouldn’t trade their small town memories for city ones any day.
And that’s the Pathological Truth.