Childhood memories are bittersweet– it is fun to reminisce about simpler days, yet sad that you can never get them back. Here are 15 unique things that every Pennsylvanian might remember about their childhood.
1. When you woke up in the morning and there was any sign of snow on the ground, you would rush to the TV to see if your school was closed.
In fact, your entire family would huddle, rapt, waiting to find out about school closings.
2. At the beginning of the winter, your school would close at the first flake of snow. By mid-February you had run out of snow days, so they would still call you in even when it looked like Siberia outside.
When I was your age, I used to walk all the way from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia though the snow, every day, uphill both ways, to get to school. Stop complaining and tunnel.
3. You used to spend your weekends picking apples or selecting the best pumpkin at a local pumpkin patch every fall.
4. You know who America's oldest brewery is.
5. Likewise, you know where the best chocolate comes from.
Cadbury! Just kidding. Hershey, dummy.
6. Pretzels were one of your main food groups.
These pretzels... Are making me thirsty!
7. You've been to America's second-largest shopping mall, King of Prussia.
Who needs a roller coaster in their mall, anyway? That's not what shopping is all about.
8. You know what prepackaged bliss tastes like.
And you may or may not have been tempted to chase down a Tasykake truck at some point in your life.
9. You've gone swimming in a crick.
You've also drank wooder, at a hoagie, and gone down the shore.
10. You know that no sight rivals the beauty of Pennsylvania leaves in autumn.
Of course you try to play it cool.
11. You had the first day of hunting season off from school.
A welcome treat whether or not you like stalking Bambi.
12. Your father or grandfather may have worked in a steel mill or coal mine.
13. You either went to PSU, or know a bunch of people who did.
Yet you know better than to bother asking other PSU students that you meet whether they know them.
14. You spent many beautiful childhood afternoons hiking in one of Pennsylvania's many state parks.
15. You've visited Lancaster, to experience all that Amish country has to offer a curious kid.