We're not in Kansas anymore...
There’s no place like home.
Whether or not you had a good childhood, got out of your town as fast as possible, or never plan on leaving, much of your life and many of your memories are bound to be based on that place you once, even briefly, called home.
While some of us grow up in big cities or incredibly rural areas with varying senses of community, there is instilled in all of us in the United States the sense of the idyllic “small town,” that place with tree-lined streets, white picket fences, large green yards, and corner drugstores. Both stereotyped and parodied in film and television, this concept of small-town America is still very real and present in many spheres of politics and culture today.
Small towns are special for a number of reasons, but one of them is all of the quirky and wonderful traditions that bring the community together and make the town unique. The only thing is, if you spend your whole life in one place, you may start to take those traditions for granted or even begin to think that they’re the same everywhere else.
These Redditors sure were in for a surprise when they left home only to realize that their hometowns were not like everyone else’s…
Happy Haircut Day
Happy haircut day. Anytime someone would get a haircut, if you noticed you would say “Happy Haircut Day” and the goal was to be the first one to say it to them. Didn’t realize this wasn’t a normal thing until college lol (mcbarksore)
That’s kind of adorable. I’m going to start saying this to people. (starfishcake)
Definitely Not Hazing
In my home town on the last day of school middle schoolers would walk home rather than ride the buses. We’d walk for literally miles. The high schoolers would drive around and throw water balloons at the middle schoolers.
As a middle schooler there was a thrill in trying to make it home without getting hit, but as it was South Carolina in the summer, it was hot enough to where you really didn’t mind getting hit.
As a high schooler it was fun trying to nail some middle schoolers.
It wasn’t until I moved away that I realized it was unique to my home town. It was this fun bonding experience, walking home from school with your friends, dodging or throwing balloons, and it was all in good fun. It was so… innocent. A small town annual tradition. (Hyperdrunk)
Do you live in Dazed and Confused? (jmb052)
…it’d be a whole lot cooler if ya did (Cisco904)
Paraguay here, if a house doesn’t have a doorbell, we just clap until somebody comes out. (j8chi)
I KNOW YOU IN THERE MANUEL YOUR BICYCLE IS OUTSIDE.