Your front door was always unlocked...even if your entire family was on vacation. And the keys to your car or truck were always in the ignition.
We NEVER locked our door growing up on the farm! Seriously. I know some people can't fathom this, but it just wasn't necessary. Between farm dogs and neighbors, you didn't worry about people actually getting out of their car or you knew someone would stop and see why a stranger was poking around.
You fear hearing the words, "Cows are out."
Ugh. Seriously, it didn't matter if this was at the crack of dawn or as you were just getting out of the shower, everyone threw on a pair of boots and headed out the back door to lend a hand!
You could drive a tractor before you could drive a car. And you drove a car before you ever attended a driver's education class.
I was sitting on my dad's lap driving our John Deere tractors (See #4 on the list.) around the farm long before I could actually reach the pedals. Then at about 10 or 11, my grandpa had me driving him to town for errands. More than once, someone would see us tooling around and call my mom to tell on us! Busted.
When you went to college you learned other kids had more students in their home room than you had in your entire school. And you didn't know what a home room was.
I've mentioned it before, but I only had 12 people in my graduating class and 60 students enrolled in the whole high school. Yes, it was a public school! So no, we didn't have home room.
The county fair was considered the social event of the year.
The third week in July was sacred growing up! For most farm families, the fair was our only vacation. Not only did it give the kids a chance to exhibit our 4-H projects, but we were able to run amuck with friends that any other week would be spread out all over the county. Good times were always had and the memories we made are often reminisced about!