Currently, I live in the city, and I have for most of my adult life. However, I spent my childhood in the middle of nowhere. It was fun to take a trip down memory lane and put together some things that are unique about living in the country. Enjoy!
- The nearest grocery store was 20+minutes away
- Waiting for 2-3 cars at an intersection was considered “traffic”
- You couldn’t see your house from the road
- You couldn’t see your neighbor’s house from your house
- You laugh when your friends describe their suburb as “the country”
- There was nothing in walking distance of your house
- You can recognize different types of crops
- You know the difference between cow-poop smell and horse-poop smell and pig-poop smell
- Your friends couldn’t find your house because the GPS won’t navigate to it properly
- Cable companies don’t offer services where you lived
- Hearing gunshots was not a cause for concern; you just assumed it was someone hunting
- Your neighbor’s cows or horses or goats have gotten loose and wandered into your yard
- You’ve had to stop in the road to figure out whose cows are blocking the cars
- You’ve been in a traffic jam caused by cows
- You know someone who claims that they got hit by a deer, not the other way around
- Folks near you drive pickup trucks for practical purposes like hauling horse trailers or carrying farm equipment
- You didn’t grow up with “neighborhood kids” because there was no neighborhood (and sometimes no kids)
- You could see the stars pretty much every night, so “star-gazing” wasn’t really a thing
- You could be loud and the neighbors wouldn’t complain because they couldn’t hear you
- The internet was really slow. Really, really slow.
- You enjoyed showing your friends from the city how to navigate through the woods, catch lightning bugs, and avoid poison oak, poison ivy, and briers
Did you grow up in the country? What are some other signs you grew up in the middle of nowhere? Share them with me in the comments below!
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