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    21 Painful Struggles All Rural Scottish Kids Will Remember

    There was plenty of fresh air, but not much else.

    1. The bumpy journey to school in the Postbus would rattle your bones.

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    It also took ages, because you had to go round all the back roads to pick everyone else up too.

    2. And "sorry I'm late, there were sheep on the road" was a legitimate excuse.

    3. Your parents' solution to boredom was always to tell you to "GO OUTSIDE!"

    4. And if you lived on (or near) a farm you'd always get yelled at for climbing on the silage bales.

    5. You'd spend a lot of your time trying to convince your parents to let you adopt the feral animals you found.

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    6. It was never a good idea to forget your wellies if you visited a friend.

    7. The house you grew up in was probably a bit lacking in the central heating department.

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    Thank god for hot water bottles.

    8. But it did have plenty of mice.

    9. Your clothes smelling like shit if they were hung out to dry during slurry-spreading season was a genuine risk.

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    "Way to make me into a social pariah, mum."

    10. And so was getting attacked by wildlife.

    Getting scalped by buzzards isn't much fun.

    11. Your first (unpaid) job usually involved explaining things to tourists from towns.

    12. You were used to trying to cook a meal for four people on one of these.

    It was only ever used during the frequent power cuts, never for actual camping.

    13. You had to stay on the right side of your parents because they were the only ones who could drive. / Via

    And without them, you couldn't go anywhere.

    14. Getting a takeaway was a really rare treat, because someone would have to make a half-hour trip to go and collect it.

    15. If you didn't buy the things you wanted during the Saturday food shop, you'd have to wait another week.

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    The phrase "just popping out to the shop" did not exist.

    16. The introduction of the internet was a wonderful thing, until you realised it was So. Damn. Slow.

    17. Going to your nearest town for a new CD or game was the greatest feeling ever.

    18. The people you met on your first day at your tiny primary school stayed with you throughout your school career.

    19. Trips to the cinema, concerts, or any kind of events were pretty damn rare.


    No-one's parents could be arsed to take you. "JUST GO OUTSIDE."

    20. Plus your plans were often interrupted by rural life.

    21. So you felt sheer, utter joy when you or one of your friends finally passed their driving test.

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