1. The last day of school was basically optional.
If you went, you didn’t do much… so most people just skipped it and headed to Dairy Queen or whatever the local go-to spot was. And if you were a senior, you probably didn’t do much the entire last week of school.
2. You not only knew everyone in your class, but you knew most of their parents by name.
For the most part, these were people that you’d known since kindergarten. You probably knew where most of them lived, too.
3. Everyone knew everything about you. Gossip spread like wildfire.
It’s not that people in small towns are malicious, it’s just that word gets around quickly when there aren’t many of you. If you had a secret, you knew to keep it to yourself… or else.
4. Snow days were rare, but so, so appreciated.
It’s not easy to get a snow day at a Montana high school. Everyone knows how to drive in the snow, and if you can shovel your way out of your house, you’re expected to show up. But when you did get the occasional day off due to inclement weather, you had a blast.
5. Before there were bars, there were bonfires and barn parties.
Remember gathering around a bonfire with your friends and talking about nothing and everything? Hopefully you still get to do that on occasion, but in small town Montana, it’s how high school kids pass the time.
6. Missing class to go hunting or fishing was common… and sometimes acceptable.
Depending on the teachers you had, you may have gotten a pass, especially if you brought them some deer sausage or fish.
7. Getting a new kid was both rare and exciting.
Who is he? Where is he from? What is he like? So many questions, so little time.
8. You couldn’t hide anything from your parents in your small town for long. If you skipped school and they didn’t find out, it was a miracle.
And forget trying to sneak in after curfew. Your friends’ moms had probably already ratted you out.
9. Homecoming week was a huge deal.
The game, the school activities, the dance… you looked forward to it forever.
10. Dating was interesting, if it happened.
Did you once date your best friend’s older brother’s best friend who had already dated your cousin a couple of years before? Or perhaps you avoided dating entirely because of the small pool of possibilities.
11. You made friends you’re keeping for life.
You’ve probably lost touch with some of your classmates even if you still live in your hometown. But going to a small school with someone results in a shared experience and a bond like no other, so the odds are good that you’re still friends with your BFF from back then.