Not sure what I’m talking about? Allow me to offer up a few words that mean something a little different when you live in a small town:
1. Cow – Animal for which you’ve stopped your car to shoo it out of the road.
2. Next-door neighbor – Person whose house may be 3 miles from your own but whose property abuts yours.
3. Toothbrush – Item invented in the next town over because, say it with me now, if it was invented anywhere else, it would have been called a “teethbrush.”
4. Relatives – Half the town.
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5. Traffic jam – What happens when the farmer down the road has to move something from one field to the other.
6. Road – Pathway that may or may not be passable during mud season.
7. Mud – A verb.
8. Italian food – Pizza.
9. Shopping – A day-long excursion best saved for a rainy weekend when you can’t get anything else done so you can afford to drive an hour one way to the mall.
10. Football coach – Teacher by day.
11. Tractor – Your first driving experience.
12. Hunting – The way some families plan to eat this winter.
13. Fair – Word always preceded by “the,” and something the kids wait for all year.
14. Car – The only way to get around.
15. Privacy – What is that?
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