You Might Be From a Small Town If...

6:00 AM Elizabeth Seckman 32 Comments

We didn't have a movie theater, but we did have Main Street.

~You could never use a fake ID because every store clerk in town knew when you were born.
~You never needed AAA car service.
~You never had to Google your dates because you knew them since kindergarten.
~Your town's only traffic jam was just a couple of folks stopped in the road for a chat.
~You didn't give directions with street names or numbers, but with landmarks.
~You had go "into town" to buy shoes.
~You'd call the wrong number and they gave you the right one.
~You can name everyone you graduated with. 
~You look forward to going back home. 



Last weekend was my 30th high school reunion. You won't be surprised when I say it seems like it was just yesterday that I was taking classes in that building. 1988 was an awesome time to be young and Tyler High was a great place to be. A lot of good memories and friends were made in that building and we had a good time coming home.  

Tyler County High School Class of 1988
30 year reunion







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32 comments:

  1. Must be the difference then. My thirty year high school reunion was eh. I didn't remember a lot of people and most of the old clicks fell back into place.

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    1. I'm not sure if we had enough population to have too many clicks.

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  2. I've always been a loner...so you never saw me in a group...would never see me in a reunion. There were over a thousand in my graduating class. Today, I could name one, only one, of my fellow allums.

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    1. When I was in high school, my dad was offered a job that would have moved me to a town with a huge high school. I flipped out. Threw such a fit he turned it down. In hindsight, it was a win for me, but makes me a bit of a bad daughter.

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  3. A lot of those describe the small towns I lived in between as a child perfectly. XD

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    1. I still prefer small towns. Visiting cities are fun, but I always want to go back home somewhere a bit smaller.

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  4. My hometown isn't so small and most people my age left. Yet, the people I remain closest to, can pick up a conversation where we left off maybe 5 years ago, are the people I grew up with. The town I live in now was small, but not anymore. I miss the fact that it's not.

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    1. It is nice to have friends you don't have to explain the childish jokes too.

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  5. Sure have experienced each one of those. Tough to get away with anything.

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  6. I really liked the small town I grew up in. We had one stop light. Most everyone was friendly and I learned a lot there, even though I went to a private school there that was very small. I’m glad your reunion went so well! I’ve never heard of hint fiction before. I think I’ll take a look and see what it’s like...

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    1. Your town had my town beat by one stop light and no private schools, but still special.

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  7. I graduated in 1980, a class of about 200. I do not remember most of them. Too bad I've lost contact with the friends over the years. The review looks great. I'll see if I can get it on my Kindle. Thanks.

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    1. Facebook is a great place to find them and reconnect. It's one of the only reasons I stay on it.

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  8. I wish I'd grown up in a small town. I'll get there someday.

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    1. When I was young, I wanted to grow up in a city. LOL. At the time, small towns seemed so boring. Now, I'm realizing we had some good fun.

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  9. Hi Elizabeth...

    For a NYC suburb, my "village" was kind of small only 6000 people. My graduating class was a bit over 200. I can remember about 50 or so of them. Class of ?, Let's say it was a LONG TIME AGO. LOL. I ADORE city life, but growing up in a smaller town was wonderful. NYC was only a thirty minute train or car ride, but my town was like a real small town. One singe screen movie theater built in the 1930's, a main st. maybe 2 traffic lights, mostly stop signs. And yes, it is still very much the same today. THANKFULLY.

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    1. That would be the perfect set up. Small with big access. How wonderful!

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  10. I don't think I've ever been to one of my reunions. High school wasn't great for me.

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    1. Realistically, those years hold a lot of fabulous memories, but I also remember the angst and insecurities, so I'd never want to do a repeat. Now college, those years I would do again in a heart beat!

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  11. Cool:) My class year was notoriously disorganized, we literally missed the date for organizing our 10 year :)

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    1. That's sort of how we did #25. Pulled it together last minute. I think that's why our 30th had a decent turn out.

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  12. Heh, I think I wound up with the opposite problem with my graduating class. We had a high enough population that our school had 11 valedictorians (with one who scored the highest). I haven't been to a high school reunion yet, but I get to see a lot of my classmates on Facebook!

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  13. Now that's a 'small' town. Never did attend a class reunion. Went to different high schools, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade. I think it's wonderful you have such great memories!
    A great book to be reading!

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    1. You were a brave teen. I always panicked at the idea of having to go to a new high school. I can't imagine doing it three times.

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  14. That's a beautiful schoolhouse - has a classy and nostalgic feel.
    Cheers, my friend.

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    1. It's now a museum. My kids like to point that out frequently.

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  15. There's a lot to be said for growing up in a small town. Not that I know first-hand. Our high school class was so large, half the class had its graduation ceremony in the morning, and the other half had theirs in the evening. Smarticus and I were in the same class, but technically, I got my diploma first! HA

    The only reunion we went to was our 30th. I dragged him, practically kicking and screaming, but we had a blast. (Except there were so darned many OLD people there...!) We haven't gone to any reunions since then. We probably should've gone to our 50th, because I 'm not sure we'll feel up to making the trip to Maryland for our 60th.

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    1. That is a big school! I have never gone back for a college reunion, which was probably a school about the same size of your high school.

      I bet you'll be up for the 60th. A gal with your spunk is unstoppable!!

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  16. I've never been to a high school reunion. Are they awkward? Because everyone was once young and beautiful and now they're all old and not so pretty? :P

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  17. Small town lives sound wonderful. No wonder I love reading books set in small towns.

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