Growing up in the country is different than growing up in a big city. In a lot of cases growing up in the country is akin to growing up in a small town, but when you truly grow up in the country, you know there’s a big difference.
In the country, your first driving lesson probably comes on a tractor or a lawn mower at a fairly young age. And well before your friends are taking the minivan for a spin in the church parking lot, you’ve hauled stuff up and down the gravel drive in your family’s truck. Growing up in the country means eating different food, wearing different clothes and planning extra time to get from one place to another.
Country-raised kids also keep stuff longer. In some circumstances this might be the result of simply living so far away from the store, they had to keep an item longer than normal. But in most cases, people raised in the country keep things longer because they’re supposed to.
6 Things Every Country-Raised Person Keeps Forever:
1. That One Blanket
There’s just something about a cozy blanket you can take anywhere. It’s the perfect blanket for camping, sitting on the couch or rocking your baby to sleep, and it’s been around forever. And ever. Of course, some boys raised in the country would say their blanket is good for other stuff, too.
2. Cast Iron Skillet
Some grandmothers leave their grandchildren a big pile of money, others leave cast iron skillets. The money doesn’t last, but the cast iron skillet does.
Once you own a pair of boots that fit just right and go with your work clothes and your church clothes, there’s no getting rid of them. It’s not that you can’t get other boots, some boots just need to stick around for a lifetime.
4. High School T-Shirt
If you really can’t go home again, it’s nice to be able to slip into that worn t-shirt you wore to school the day of junior year homecoming and remember how late you got home that night.
5. Denim Jacket
More than anything, a denim jacket is durable and it is harder to outgrow than a pair of jeans. It’s easy to tell if someone is really from the country or not by checking out the wear and tear of their denim jacket.
6. A Truck
There’s a reason every boy in a small town drives a truck– their daddy drove a truck and then gave the truck to him. Or their mama gave them a truck and when mama drives a truck everyone drives a truck and you drive it forever.
What tradition or keepsake has traveled through your family? Ram Trucks wants to know what you will keep and pass along to the next generation. You can share your story and possibly be featured in the #RamTravellerStories video series. We proudly present this post, sponsored by our friends at Ram Trucks.
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