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26 Telltale Signs You Were Raised In The Suburbs

There's no place like home. Especially when you're a suburban kid. 🏡

There's nothing quite like growing up in suburbia: The smell of fresh-cut grass, the sound of neighbors' kids playing down the block, deer hanging out in your front lawn. Here are some hilarious suburban memories (and struggles) that just might ring a bell if you grew up outside the big city:

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You had to drive everywhere because public transportation was minimal and everything was far away.
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Cul-de-sacs were pretty much all over the damn place.
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At some point you were woken up by the sound of neighborhood lawn mowers.
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Seeing herds of deer frolicking in your yard was perhaps the least impressive part of your day.
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You spent your entire 16th birthday at the DMV so you could finally get your license and drive yourself to school.
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Which was great, until you got stuck driving behind a school bus.
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Your entire social life revolved around the mall.
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Every fall people's yards looked something like this.
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Everyone always knew everyone's business.
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The police blotter was so harmless, it was actually comedic.
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You knew the unspoken neighborhood etiquette when you wanted to bump loud music in the car.
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Every road had speed bumps galore.
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The neighborhood cops were always looking for action in vain.
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There was no need to join a gym when your yard chores alone made you break a sweat.
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You experienced the annoyance of loud kids in the neighborhood.
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Parallel parking was easily avoidable.
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Camping in your backyard was a major childhood milestone your city friends never understood.
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If you weren't outdoorsy, the only other reliable activity was shopping.
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Your go-to way to explain where you grew up always involves naming the closest major city.
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Mosquitoes were your worst enemy.
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Days you didn't run into people from high school were a rare blessing.
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You considered Costco your general neighborhood grocery store.
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You witnessed firsthand the drama that comes with grown adults competing over who has the nicest lawn.
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All winter everyone just prayed for a snow day.
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At least three of your best friends experienced their first kisses in hot tubs at end-of-the-year pool parties.
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High school sports teams were always taken way too seriously.
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