This is what a country childhood is REALLY like.
And while small towns definitely have their charms, it’s not all hot farmers, cleaning out troughs and riding into the wilderness like McLeod’s Daughters would have you believe.
Here are some of the daily struggles all country kids will understand.
1. Lapping the main street is a completely legit form of entertainment.
Who needs shopping malls, bars, bowling alleys or arcades when you have a sweet set of wheels (aka your mum’s Subaru Forester), one main street and So Fresh Hits of ’04? Nobody, that’s who.
2. Ducking into the IGA? Prepare to run into everyone you’ve ever met in your life.
Oh, hai, old kindergarten teacher, ex-neighbour, best friend’s mum’s cousin…
3. There will be gaps in your pop cultural knowledge that will never, ever be filled.
We didn’t get Channel 7 until I was in Year 7 and we didn’t get Channel Ten until well after I left home.
What’s a Dawson Creek? Who is Guy Sebastian? I may never know.
4. A fast food restaurant opening will be the highlight of the year, if not the decade.
You mean, we’re getting McDonald’s? Like normal people?
THIS IS LITERALLY THE BEST THING THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED.
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5. People will ask you if you plan on running for Miss Showgirl this year. And they’re completely serious.
The annual show: the biggest social event of the season. And if you’re a young female, your ultimate dream in life is surely to be crowned Miss Showgirl. Right?