24 Signs You Grew Up In Suburbia

I’ll meet you at the mall!

1. Walking anywhere was out of the question.

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Unless you were going to your friend’s house on the next block over.

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2. A cul-de-sac was the place to be in the summer.

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3. Independence was going to the mall without your parents for the first time.

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4. You spent your 16th birthday in line at the DMV, waiting for your learner’s permit.

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5. And then you spent three months in after-school driver’s ed with an instructor who definitely didn’t want to be there.

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6. But until you saved up for a car (or were lucky enough to be given one), you were borrowing the family minivan.

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7. The hottest nightspot was a strip mall parking lot.

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8. This was your first date:

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9. This was your second:

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10. You actually went to your school’s football games.

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11. After which you took over your local diner.

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12. You knew which parks you could drink at without getting caught.

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13. Otherwise there was always the one kid whose parents turned a blind eye to drinking in the basement.

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14. Your cool local coffee shop was a little place called Starbucks.

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15. And this was your hip bookstore.

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16. Even if you didn’t have one, you definitely knew someone with a pool.

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Bonus points if it was above ground.

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17. You’ve been to birthday parties at bowling alleys, roller rinks, and laser tag venues.

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18. Holiday decorations were a specific kind of spectacle.

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19. You knew which houses gave out the best candy on Halloween.

Walt Disney

Walt Disney

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20. And you probably went trick-or-treating a year or so past the time that it was age-appropriate.

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21. Your first job was at a movie theater, and you abused your power by sneaking your friends in.

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22. July 11 was one of your favorite holidays.

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23. Going into “the city” was a big deal, but acting like it was a big deal was out of the question.

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“Yeah, no, I totally know how to get there.” ::inches closer to subway map::

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24. You loved it and hated it, but either way, it was home.

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