Nebraska State Pride October 24, 2016
9 Simple Ways to Make a Nebraskan Feel Nostalgic
You know that cousin/high school friend/old work colleague who grew up in Nebraska but later moved away? They may enjoy where they’re living now, but being reminded of The Good Life will always make them nostalgic. If you’re hoping to win them back or just want to recall the good old days, these are the easiest ways to inspire nostalgia in a Nebraskan.
1. Start humming "There is No Place Like Nebraska."
There's a 90% chance they'll start humming along with you.
2. Give them a rhubarb crisp.
I've talked to people in other states about rhubarb in general, and the most common response I get is "What is that?" This is kind of a regional thing, folks, and you can bet that someone who moved far away from Nebraska is missing rhubarb like crazy.
3. Describe the scent of a country road on a summer afternoon.
That musky combination of freshly cut alfalfa, manure, and dirt road somehow smells just like home, even if you lived in a city and only took periodic drives through the country.
4. Do the farmer wave.
This isn't a thing in about 46 of the states, so there's a good chance that someone who moved away doesn't get to see it much anymore. Watch the memories come flooding back when you lift a finger or two or three in greeting at another car.
5. Mention their hometown burger shack.
Every town has one: a Dairy Twist, Dairy Sweet, Dairy Chef, Twisty Freeze, Tasty Freeze, or some similar name. They always serve the best burgers and the best shakes.
6. Start talking about small towns. Any small Nebraska town will do.
Obviously talking about that person's specific hometown will yield the most nostalgia, but news of any small Nebraska town will really inspire some sweet thoughts of their former home state.
7. Bring them a bottle of Dorothy Lynch.
I hear it's a lot easier to find this in stores outside of Nebraska these days...but for former Nebraskans who haven't seen this liquid gold in ages, the sight of the curvy bottle might just send them into a fit of nostalgia.
8. Talk about the weather in Nebraska.
Boy, it sure has been humid there lately. Wow, you should have seen the hail we got the other night - it was as big as my dog's paw! Don't believe me? I have 23 pictures of it on my phone!
People miss the crazy Nebraska weather when they move away, whether they want to admit it or not.
9. Bring them a Runza.
This one is tricky if they live far away, but worth it. There is nothing else like the first bite of a warm Runza.
If you’re trying to get a Nebraskan to come on home, these tricks are a good way to start. Maybe you could also bring up the
11 things people miss when they leave Nebraska…just to let them know they aren’t alone.
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