Signs That You Live in a Small Town

view from my city park of the cliffs that surround the town
view from my city park of the cliffs that surround the town

I thought some of you might appreciate the humor in some of these.

  1. When giving directions, you say something like “you know where the stoplight is? Ok, take a left there…” (Even though now there are two, everyone refers to the main one as The One. Or maybe that’s just me.)
  2. You know the first name of your UPS delivery guy – btw, it’s Wade, in my case. He even has time to have a quick convo with you after he hands you your package for the evening.
  3. The fact that you know your UPS delivery guy is because you order so much on amazon, or online, since you can’t get it in town or without driving 70 miles to the closest Walmart.
  4. Go back and read Number 3 – yes, the closest Walmart is about 70 miles away.
  5. When you start at your new job, your boss says “so I saw you out running the other day!” Because, you know….there really aren’t so many people out there running. There are a lot of pickup trucks, however.
  6. You have two grocery stores, and neither is a chain. Of those two, one is not open on Sundays. Ever.
  7. You have two drug stores. One closes on a Saturday at noon and doesn’t open again until Monday.
  8. You have one movie theatre in town.  As in one screen. At the beginning of October, the marquee still has info up on the local Utah documentary it showed back on September 10-12th. (I wish I was kidding. Supposedly it’s been taken over by management. All I can say is that they better get their butts in gear if they want to keep any customers.)
  9. Pretty much everyone you work with all live in the same town.
  10. The hardware store closes at 6 p.m. Every night. And oh yes, it’s closed Sundays. (You were ready for that one this time, weren’t you?!)
  11. The big deal for entertainment on Friday evenings is the local high school football team’s games.
  12. When I take little Osito for walks, there is a 9 year old boy who lives down the street and he always keeps an eye out for us so he can lead Osito on her leash. This would  probably never happen in a big city like Boston.

I’m sure that as time goes on and I become more familiar with the place, this list can and will grow. If you’ve liked this post, please hit like or subscribe, or drop me a comment below. Thanks for reading!

8 thoughts on “Signs That You Live in a Small Town

  • Terri,

    You really do sound happy in your new home. I admire the way you adapt and see the good in everything. I have lived in small towns most of my life, and your article brings back a lot of fond memories.

    • Aw, thank you very much, Jerry. It is definitely harder to meet people here than it was back east, though, that’s for sure. It might help if my work schedule was not to have myself working both Saturdays and Sundays, but what can you do? I’m the low woman on the totem pole so I don’t have much choice in the matter. And thank you for saying that about my ability to adapt and stay positive. It’s not always easy and I do succumb to sadness or loneliness at times, but I’ve learned a lot of coping mechanisms the past few years and I try to draw on those. Glad you liked the post and it could remind you of those memories. 🙂

  • About the theatre getting their butt in gear, who is going to compete with them? lol I’m sure they’ll have costumers regardless. Nice post. 🙂

    • HI Karla, thank you for commenting! Actually, I found out what the deal is with the theatre. It was owned by a husband and wife, there was a marital split (she left town, and she had the distribution rights), so there might be a “bit” of a delay until we have movies again!!

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