1. When people ask where you’re from, you just tell them the metropolitan city nearest to your hometown.
They’ve probably never heard of your actual hometown, and you’d only be met with a confused expression.
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2. You feel the need to make friends with local shop owners, and you greet each other by first name every time you walk into their store.
3. You’re perplexed by city traffic.
Where did all these people come from? Where are they going? And most importantly, who the heck taught them how to drive like that?!
4. You’re used to making at least a 20-minute drive to a grocery store or a nice restaurant for dinner.
5. You still talk to people you went to kindergarten with.
6. You find it unacceptable not to at least be acquainted with your neighbors.
It doesn’t matter if you live on a farm and your closest neighbor is three miles away or in a high-rise apartment complex in the middle of a bustling city. You need someone to rely on when you need a cup of sugar.
7. You fully expect to run into at least three people you know when you’re out to dinner, going to the post office… or going anywhere in public, really.
8. You’re completely unphased when you encounter a tractor or a horseback rider while driving.
Time ain’t the only thing that’s slow movin’ in your hometown.
9. When your friends are trying to come up with plans for Friday night, you suggest a fast food dinner and walking around a Walmart or Target for a spell.
10. Even if you live in a big city now, you’re a little paranoid about who you can trust with your secrets.
You can totally relate to Miranda Lambert’s “Famous in a Small Town” because that gossip chain is a real thing, y’all.
11. You’ve given directions that included something like, “You’ll turn left a little past the gas station, but if you pass the pasture with the wood barn and the big red bull, you missed it.”
12. You hate going to a new restaurant because the servers won’t know your name or your regular order.
13. You’ve been late to something because you (and half the town) got stuck behind a passing train.
14. When you see someone you know driving, you wave like a crazy person.
Bonus points for you if it’s actually who you thought it was in the other car!
15. You get offended if someone makes a derogatory comment about “the sticks.”
16. The first time you visit a town you’ve never been to, you gauge the size of it by the number of fast food restaurants and strip malls it has.
If it’s more than your hometown has, you automatically label it as “big.”