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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 #6.)

4) You used to'drag'Main .

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

6) You scheduled parties around the schedules of
different police
officers, because you knew which ones would bust you
and which ones

7) 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?

8) When you did find somebody old enough and brave
to buy cigarettes, you still had to go out into
the country and
drive on back roads to smoke them.

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

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

11) The whole school went to the same party after

12) You didn't give directions by street names but
rather by
references. Turn by Nelson's house, go 2 blocks
to Anderson 's, and
it's four houses left of the track field.

13) The golf course had only 9 holes.

14) You couldn't help but date a friend's

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

16) The town next to you was considered 'trashy'
or 'snooty,' but was actually just like your town.

17) You referred to anyone with a house newer then
1955 as the 'rich'

18) The people in the 'big city' dressed funny, and
you picked up the trend 2 years later.

19) Anyone you wanted could be found at the local
gas station or the

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

21) The gym teacher suggested you haul hay for the
summer to get

22) Directions were given using THE stop light as a

23) When you decided to walk somewhere for
exercise, 5 people would pull over and ask if you
wanted a ride.

24) Your teachers called you by your older siblings'

25) Your teachers remembered when they taught your

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

27) There was no McDonalds.

28) The closest mall was over an hour away.

29) It was normal to see an old man riding through
town on a riding
lawn mower.

30) You've pee'd in a cornfield.

31) Most people went by a nickname.

32) You laughed your butt off reading this because
you know it
is true,

I would not have wanted to have been raised any

Tough times
don't last... Tough people do...

A friend sent this to me and it is so true


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I had to move to SC for boot camp before I could buy a cigarette. Copenhagen I could buy anywhere. I remember doing and hearing every one of those. The joys of living and growing up in a rural setting. :D

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Oh ,so true. My town had that one light. And on saturday nites we would get on front fenders and go shoot rabbits in the fields. :shock: Then the asst. police chief was close to us in age and we would meet at Stuckey's, go out to the farms in the patrol car :roll: :p ,riding down road and lets us out while still moving then turn around and come back slow with trunk open and we throw WATER MELON'S in at 2am , :lol: :wink: then go to swimming pool throw them in ,an ALL skin dip. Bust open melon ,eat heart out.Some times even steal the FFA 49 Chev( sit on fenders real good) to hunt rabbits.--61 years old --AN REFUSE TO GROW UP-- :twisted: -Fastfrog

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I grue up in the big city but we had a cabin in Wisc. Small town 3 miles away. I use to drive the old man's Lincoln to town to get gas, I was 13 no problem's if there was I'm sure they would have followed me back and made sure i hadn't ripped off the car. Some thing to be said about simpler time's. B 8)

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And never thought about locking your doors unless you were going to be gone overnight. I remember going to church in a one room church with no air conditioning, and going to schools with the old radiator heat and no air. That was the good days. :wink:

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deerhunter3814 said:
And never thought about locking your doors unless you were going to be gone overnight. I remember going to church in a one room church with no air conditioning, and going to schools with the old radiator heat and no air. That was the good days. :wink:
X2 there and the one room school. Dad was on the board of ed because every dad had to take his turn when his kids were attending.

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M farmall, carried gas to the fields in steel 10 gal milk cans, salt box, smokehouse, out house, 50 ford flat bed two speed rear axle switch and wipers vacuum operated , worn out seat with a horse blanket on it to keep the springs from sticking in your AZZ. Milk cooler with watermelons floating in it to have them cold on Sunday after church. Fried peach pies....Killing hogs , rendering lard, Cracklins, grandmother made me squeeze them till my forarms gave out.

I would go back tomorrow.


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My Grandmother died at age 97 and I think she said it best. During her last days I remember her saying not to be sorry for her.

She said she was born and lived to see candle lite on the table to a man on the moon, I have lived to see mankind develope more than anybody born after myself ..ever will. :wink:

It is amazing to me how my children and others their age have no clue to what they presenty have. I am sure my mother and father have felt the same about us kids also. It really makes me curious to think what is in store for my grandchildren.

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That was perfect.
Only part I didnt have was THE stoplight. Didnt even have one of those. Although main street was only a half mile long. Still live in the same town. 38 years now. Brought my wife out from the big city and she loves it.

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36 truck said:
Been there done that still there. :D

frog giggin, planting potatos/garden, working cattle, cutting calvs, picking dewberries for pies and homemade jelly, picking grapes for homemade wine, building fence (which is what I have been doing for the last 2 weekends), huntin/swimin/fishin at the creek, I could go on and on. And by the way, I still do everyone one of these and will make sure my kids know how to do these. I refuse to let those old days die off and go away. Are any of you familiar with the "Firefox" books? I wish I had the whole collection. I may be wrong, but I feel these things may be needed again in the not to distant future.

I remember we used to go on backroads and find a fresh roll of hay (round bales) and roll it out into the gravel road. We stopped after we heard the law talking about those 'troublemaking kids' rolling hay into the country roads. They almost caught us!
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