23 Signs You Grew Up In The Suburbs

There wasn’t much to do, but you and your friends found ways to deal.

1. You or someone you know lived on a cul-de-sac

2. You participated in elaborate bike rides and races in the summer

They were almost as competitive as the Tour de France

3. And elaborate sledding races on snow days in the winter

If you lived somewhere that had snow

6. You had an elaborate weekly system for whose mom would drive there and whose would pick up

7. One or both of your parents drove a minivan or an SUV

8. You celebrated your birthday by having dinner with friends at Chili’s, TGI Friday’s, or Friendly’s

And pretended to be embarrassed when they got the waiters to sing to you

9. There was nowhere you wanted to go within walking distance of your house

Just more houses

10. You went to school with mainly the same group of people until high school graduation

And everyone knew everyone’s business

11. You counted down to your 16th birthday for years

You could finally drive YOURSELF to the mall!

12. Half the kids you went to school with got cars for their sweet sixteen

Most of them were way too nice for 16-year-olds to be driving

13. You spent a lot of time hanging around in parking lots

School, 7-11, McDonald’s, etc.

14. Or just driving around aimlessly with your friends

15. Everyone went to the same late night diner

It was one of the only places open past 10pm

16. Abercrombie and Hollister might as well have been your school uniform

17. You absolutely couldn’t go to school without stopping at Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts beforehand

Even if it meant you were late for homeroom

18. You went to the football game every Friday night

Even if your school’s team sucked

19. If you went to college out-of-state, when people asked where you were from you’d just say the nearest big city

Always awkward when you met someone who was actually from that city

20. Going to a Dave Matthews concert is like going to a high school reunion

21. Public transportation still sometimes mystifies you

Whaaaaat?

22. You complained for years about your boring town

23. But looking back, you had a pretty good time

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