Kids these days think they know it all, but then again, haven’t they always been like that? Whether we plan on fleeing to the big city or dream of being a professional sports player, these thoughts have entertained young minds in Vermont for generations. Let’s take a look and see how many of these things we thought when we were young.
1. As soon as I graduate high school I’m leaving Vermont.
Not only do they usually come back, they are very happy to return.
2. I’m getting my driver's license the day I turn 16.
Kids know if you want to get somewhere, you need wheels. A bike will do, but only for so long.
3. I hate mud season.
OK, most grownups still do too. We get it.
4. I’m going to sneak off to Boston, NYC or Montreal with my friends for a night… and I’ll never get caught.
You’ll get caught. Believe me. You’ll get caught.
5. There are so many Canadians… are we a part of Canada?
Time to pay a little more attention in geography class, kids. There may be a lot of Canadians touring around in Vermont, but they definitely don’t live here. And vice versa.
6. Can you really tip a cow? Should we try?
No you can't, and don’t even try.
7. I want a rifle.
Is anyone else getting a mental image of Ralphie in the movie “A Christmas Story?” You'll shoot your eye out!
8. I’m going to play pro hockey.
Vermonters are great hockey players, though the NHL is much more competitive than small town games. But don't give up the dream!
9. Winter is too long, summer is too short.
Yes, we agree. However, after a long winter, the sunshine is a bit more appreciated.
10. Why does everyone think our maple syrup is so great?
Because it is. And the first time you are served pancakes with the fake stuff, you’ll miss Vermont really quickly.
11. I’ll start my own maple syrup business.
Sure, the business opportunity seems easy when you have a big bucket of raw sap… but your entrepreneurial dreams will change when you realize it takes about 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup. Liquid gold, yes. But boy is it a LOT of work!
12. What do you mean most people don’t pick/grow their own food?
Kids in Vermont may take the taste of a warm strawberry picked right off the vine for granted. Not everyone has amazing fruits and vegetables growing so readily, and often in their own yard.
13. Everyone has a pet, right?
From dogs and cats, to horses, cows, pigs and chicken, animals are a part of Vermont life. But not everyone has grown up with a four (or two) legged friend.
What did you think about life in Vermont growing up? Do any of these sound familiar? Please share your thoughts!