Nebraska May 10, 2017
11 Weird Side Effects Everyone Experiences From Growing Up In Nebraska
Growing up in Nebraska is a singular experience that has a lasting effect on you no matter how old you get or how long you’ve be been gone. If you grew up in the Cornhusker State, chances are that you’ve noticed these side effects.
1. We're forever hard workers.
That Nebraska work ethic really sticks with you. This is especially true if you grew up on a farm or ranch where you were expected to do chores every day.
2. Once a Husker, always a Husker.
Even if you move away and start rooting for your new home team, you'll always secretly (or not so secretly) be loyal to your REAL home team. I know people who have worn a Huskers sweatshirt over their local team's shirt just to be fair to both!
3. We'll always have a taste for Nebraska's favorite foods.
Is Valentino's the world's best pizza? Sorry, but it's really not. However, we'll always love it, along with Goodrich ice cream, Runzas, Dorothy Lynch dressing, Wimmer's Wieners...the list goes on and on.
4. The scent of a farm will always make us nostalgic.
People from non-agricultural states will think you're super weird for this one, but the aromas of cows and freshly cut fields will always smell like home.
5. We can drive in absolutely any weather.
By the time we're adults, Nebraskans have had to drive in rain, ice, sleet, hail, mud, blizzards, and every other condition. We laugh in the face of a couple of feet of snow.
6. We'll always be at least a little awed by mountains and oceans.
When you spend the first part of your life so far away from both, they'll always seem just a little exotic. The first time you're visiting a mountainous state and see a huge peak just sticking up in the distance, it'll feel like you're on another planet.
7. We'll always know how to respond when someone sings "Oh, there is no place like Nebraska..."
We learn this song at a pretty young age, and it's one of those things that never leaves you. You might even get a little tear in your eye if you've been away from home for a while.
8. We'll always be fascinated by storm clouds.
And we can probably even tell you what kind of weather is on the way - and how severe it will be - just from looking skyward. In a state where weather can get really serious really quickly, we've had to hone this skill.
9. We know better than to touch the seatbelt buckle with bare hands in the summer.
Burn me once, shame on you. Burn me every summer day of my childhood and I'll always remember to wrap a cloth around you to avoid singeing my fingers.
10. Weather-wise, we're ready for absolutely anything.
We've learned the very important skill of layering our clothes so we can adjust throughout the day as necessary. And at times, we can go from a winter coat and hat in the morning to shorts in the afternoon.
11. We'll always be friendly.
This trait never fades no matter where we go or how long we're gone. Smiling at strangers on the street, waving people in front of us in traffic, helping out wherever we're needed - these are some of the true qualities of a born and bred Nebraskan.
There's a personal story I always like to tell about this. Soon after I moved overseas with the military, I had to take my car into a shop. The mechanic emerged from the garage with his hand outstretched and I eagerly grasped it, shook it, and introduced myself. He looked at me awkwardly and said "I just wanted your keys."
What are some of your other Nebraska traits that will never wear off? Tell us all about them in the comments. Funny stories about your Nebraska side effects are welcome, of course!
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