Virginia May 14, 2015
If You’re From Virginia, You’ve Done These 25 Things — At Least Once.
People are people wherever you go — or so the saying goes. And sure, we may do things in Virginia that people do everywhere, but we also have some things that are special to us because you CAN’T do them everywhere. This is a list of both of those things — things that are nostalgic from growing up here and things that make our state special because they happen only in Virginia .
Sooooo…if you’re from Virginia, chances are you’ve….
1. Gone on a field trip to Colonial Williamsburg.
2. With a stop at Busch Gardens.
3. Cleaned 5 MILLION stinkbugs off the porch/windows/doors, etc.
No one…and I mean NO ONE…is immune from this one.
4. And then caught just as many lightning bugs in the summer.
And put them in a Mason jar with holes punched in the lid. Why are lightning bugs so much less offensive than stinkbugs?
5. Insisted you didn’t have an accent only to hear yourself on a recording later and be shocked.
6. Eaten a fresh tomato straight from the garden.
There's just nothing like it.
7. Visited a battlefield...
8. Visited at least one president’s house.
Monticello, Mount Vernon, Montpelier…you’ve got 7 to choose from.
9. Had to explain “Virginia is for Lovers” to an out-of-stater.
What’s to explain? Virginia is for Lovers. Seems pretty self-explanatory to me.
10. Had at least one "snow day" when there wasn't any snow.
You’ve got to admire school buses with snow tires that can brave icy roads, but not in Virginia. Send us the threat of a flurry and it’s a day off for the kiddies in a lot of areas.
11. Picked a side for the annual Hokies vs. Wahoos game – even if you didn’t go to either of these schools.
You have to choose. It’s just how things are.
12. Spent a weekend at Virginia Beach or on the Eastern Shore and wished you could move there.
Our coastline never gets old.
13. Hiked the Blue Ridge and wished you could move there, as well.
It’s about as close to heaven as you can get.
14. Driven the Skyline Drive.
The only bad part about Skyline is having to keep your eyes on the road when there’s so much to see around you.
15. Had to explain that WEST VIRGINIA and VIRGINIA are two completely different places.
How hard is it to understand? Sigh.
16. Danced the Virginia Reel.
The pride of gym classes everywhere.
17. Had the differences between first cousins, second cousins and first cousins twice-removed explained to you.
There’s at least one person in every family that can keep it straight. Always sit next to them at family reunions.
18. Turned both the A/C and the heat on in the same day.
Virginia spring and fall can be fickle. But they definitely keep things interesting.
19. Gone apple picking.
Then followed it up with some hot apple cider and an apple cider donut.
20. Made homemade ice cream.
A summer cookout isn’t complete without it.
21. Gone swimming in a lake or river.
The James, the Potomac, the New River, Smith Mountain Lake, Lake Anna…the list goes on.
22. Had to explain what exactly is going on in our state flag.
It’s simple. Virtue is dressed as an Amazon warrior and she is stomping on Tyranny. As for the toga...dress standards were different back then. Let’s move on.
23. Argued the virtues of Northern Virginia vs. Southern Virginia vs. Eastern Virginia vs. Western Virginia.
Let’s face it, no matter what part of the state you’re from, you undoubtedly think it’s the best. And you're probably right.
24. Been to a party in a field.
Whether it’s horse races, a pig pickin’, tailgates or a bonfire…we always seem to end up in fields. Nothing wrong with that.
25.Thought if cornhole were an Olympic sport, you would probably win gold.
(You totally would, by the way.)
Of course not all of these apply to everyone, but they are definitely things that make Virginia such a unique place to live. What are things that you do in Virginia that make it feel like home?