My last few posts have been pretty heavy in the serious stuff lately, so I decided it was time to lighten things up a bit. This blog is a somewhat manic blend of somewhat unrelated topics: internships, growing up, careers…and agriculture. So, of course, I have a little party inside of my head every time I can cross those things together. Without further ado, this is Kelly M. Rivard’s __ Signs That You Grew Up in the Country.
1. When supper was ready in the summertime, instead of calling the neighbor whose house you were playing at, your parents summoned you with a loud whistle, or even a dinner bell.
2. Instead of going to the city park, you ran around the pastures.
3. Instead of a swimming pool, you had a garden hose and a livestock tank.
4. An antique tractor was a multipurpose recreational vehicle.
5. A trip to the flea market was an exciting family outing.
6. Your playmates included ragtag farm dogs, rough-in-tumble barn cats, and friendly bottle calves.
7. Highschool boys had a better chance of impressing the ladies with a pickup truck than a sports car.
8. The county fair isn’t just a week where people show livestock and eat fried food…it is a vacation, a holiday, a competition, and a tradition.
9. Corn isn’t “just corn” and you could identify the difference between popcorn, field corn, and sweetcorn.
10. Other kids your age memorized nursery rhymes, and you were busy learning the 4-H motto.
11. A bonfire is the best way to spend a Friday night.
12. When other kids are worried about buying tickets to the water park, your summer fun purchase is a fishing license.
14. Instead of bright city lights and a fast-paced schedule, your youth’s most memorable nights were spent under the stars, to the sound of crickets.
15. Your high school had one hallway and you knew everyone in your graduating class.
Growing up in rural America is a fantastic upbringing. I feel blessed with the experiences and people that have touched my life because of this special, country-style childhood. So tell me, what would you add to this list?