1. Explaining that Washington D.C. is not part of our state.
Geographically, it very well could be part of Virginia. And we're proud that it's so near and dear to our state...but Virginia and D.C. are two separate entities. (Plus we don't want any of that traffic!)
2. ...and also explaining that we are not West Virginia.
We are fond of our neighbors to the west, but unless the year is 1862 there should be no excuse for mistaking these two states.
3. Deer crossing.
Let's just say the deer in Virginia have a certain confidence when it comes to crossing the road. Virginians have developed eyes that can quickly scan the road for these guys.
4. Pretending to be upset when the citites shut down for minimal snowfall.
That level of acting can truly be exhausting. Deep down, most of us are just fine with an extra few days of taking it easy.
5. Dealing with history naysayers.
"What's so great about Virginia's history?" an out-of-stater may ask. The trick here is taking deep breaths.
6. Hearing all sorts of mispronunciations of your home town.
On the bright side, it's a good indicator of who the out-of-towners are.
7. The assumption that we're all hillbilly country folk.
We value our countryside and definitely our farmers, but Virginians are certainly not hillbillies. This might be another instance of confusing us for West Virginia (we only kid!).
8. Toll booths.
Virginia has a fair share of toll booths. You can just feel the anxiety begin to creep in if you don't have exact change...Ugh.
9. Swimming through the humidity of a summer in Virginia.
Whew! The only way to describe the air during these months is sticky.
10. Trying to remain calm about the sheer beauty of our state.
No matter how long you've been here, Virginia's beauty never gets old.
These sights can be distractingly gorgeous at times.
11. Eating so much delicious seafood you'll have trouble moving.
...or any food here, for that matter.
12. The pure joy of living in America's best state can be too much to handle sometimes.
As you may have noticed, it turns out that some of these struggles actually stem from wonderful things about living in this great state of ours. What would you add to the list?