I’m An Okie, What Can I Say!

Below is spam my mom sent me, and because it’s my mom I feel guilty simply deleting it unread like everyone else….below was true in all forms of the word, for me growing up!

FW: Growing up in a small town

Those who grew up in small towns will laugh when they read this. Those who didn’t will be in  disbelief and won’t understand how true it is.

1) You can name everyone you graduated with.

2) You know what 4-H means.

3)  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.  (See #5.)

4)  You used to “drag” Main .

5)  You scheduled parties around the schedules of different police officers, because you knew which ones would bust you and which ones wouldn’t.

6)  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?

7)  You knew which section of the road ditch you would find the beer your   buyer dropped off.

8)  It was cool to date somebody from the neighboring town.

9)  The whole school went to the same party after graduation.

10) You didn’t give directions by street names but rather by references.    Turn by Nelson’s house,  go two blocks to Anderson’s and its four houses
left of the track field.

11) The golf course had only 9 holes.  (Mind you there was no golf course when I was there.)

12) You couldn’t help but date a friend’s ex-boyfriend/girlfriend.

13) Your car stayed filthy because of the gravel roads and you will never    own a white vehicle for this reason.

14) The town next to you was considered “trashy” or “snooty” but was   actually just like your town.

15) You referred to anyone with a house newer than 1955 as the “rich”  people.

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

17) Anyone you wanted could be found at the local gas station or on Main
Street .

18) 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.

19) The gym teacher suggested you haul hay or pick rock for the summer to
get stronger.

20) Directions were given using THE stop light as a reference.

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

22) Your teachers called you by your older siblings’ names.

23) Your teachers remembered when they taught your parents.

24) You could charge at any local store or write checks without any ID.

25) There was no McDonald’s.

26) The closest mall was over an hour away

27) It was normal to see an old man riding through town on a riding lawn

28) You’ve peed in a corn field.

29)  Most people went by a nickname.

30)  You laughed your butt off reading this because you know it is true
and you forward it to everyone who may have lived in a small town.


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