1. I grew up in a small town.
  2. Like really small. Like 1,500 small
  3. And it was awesome and no one will ever be able to convince me otherwise
  4. I mean, look at it!
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    It's darling ☺️
  5. I currently go to a large Division I university about 2 1/2 hours from here
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    Go Mavs!
  6. And I love it. It's been an amazing experience for me, but there are some things I miss about my hometown, like...
  7. Not having to bring a purse everywhere
    Just no. I hate purses. They're a pain in the ass to lug around. When you live in a small town, you can just run home to grab some cash
  8. Being able to drive around town without a license 🚗💨
    Because no one is worried about a cop pulling you over in town when you're driving 4, 5 blocks max
  9. Not needing to carry around a house key because you never lock ANY of the doors
    Seriously, I don't even think my parents know where our house keys are any more.
  10. Being able to leave my car parked behind my house with the keys underneath the driver's seat and knowing the car will still be there in the morning
    Clearly I have an aversion to carrying anything with me
  11. Being able to get to where you are going in a NORMAL amount of time
    At school, it once took me 20 minutes to drive two blocks. No thank you. In a small town, you can drive 25 miles in that same amount of time.
  12. Feeling like family in class
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    There were thirty of us. We were family. We laughed. We cried. We hated each other. We were fiercely loyal. In the crazy anonymity that comes with college, I sometime miss the intimacy of a small town class.
  13. Knowing everyone
    I knew the names, families, and life stories of all 200 on my combined junior/senior high school. I had teachers who had taught my parents. I had teachers who went to school with my parents. Basically, if I walked into any building in town, people knew my name and I knew theirs.
  14. Being able to walk home alone late at night
    It's nice not to fear death when walking two blocks from a friend's house
  15. The ability to participate in everything I want to
    I was in track for one year and volleyball for three. I was in speech, one act, concert band, jazz band, choir, show choir, quiz bowl, bowling, editor of the yearbook, AND was on dance team despite having no formal training 👯 Living where I did gave me the opportunity to explore everything and figure out what route I wanted my life to go. Now I have to struggle to keep hold of the few things I've held on to in college
  16. The feeling of closeness
    As cliche as it is, there's an amazing sense of community that comes from living in a small town. Whether good or bad, there's never an opportunity to feel alone
  17. Whether I end up back there when I grow up or stay in a big city, I will always love it.
  18. Because it's my home
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