Saturday, May 28, 2022

Tim Heaton: 15 Sure Signs You Went to High School in the South

Personally, I would decline a do-over for high school. It was tough: The confusion of emerging adulthood and all those tragedies that only a whole lot of time could mellow into comedy. Here are some of the sure signs you went to high school in the South.

1. You’ve taken part in several homecoming parades through town. I had my first car accident in one.
2. You had a part-time job at McDonald’s or a feed store or mowed yards.
3. Bonfires were for big games, camping trips, or impromptu events because some builders carelessly left a bunch of wood on site.
4. You had a tree-house fort that you still used in your teen years for …. err … contraband.
5. The urge to “roll” a yard could break out at any time – not just on Halloween. I helped my friends roll my own yard once.
6. You found creative ways to visit a Sonic: in a costume or riding on a horse, tractor or golf-cart.
7. You’d done the “Chinese Fire-Drill” in the middle of town.
8. In winter, any snow or ice on the road meant “snow day.”
9. The whole town went to football games, often in decorated cars.
10. The local paper always had sports recaps – often the water tower did too.
11. The only thing you ever said to the police was “yes, sir,” “no, sir,” and/or “My folks are doing fine. Thank you for asking.”
12. Tornado drills were fun. Tornado warnings were not.
13. Cruising through town with a carload of friends was the best way to spend an afternoon.
14. You read so much Faulkner in class you thought you would never want to read again. Now you have dog-eared copies of The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, or Absalom, Absalom!
15. You’ve been on a field trips to the same places so often you can close your eyes and be there today. For me, this was Chickasaw Village and The Pink Palace.
You know…maybe I would go back — for just a little while.

timheaton-150x150.jpgTim Heaton is a contributor and can be reached at His e-book, “Mama and ‘Em Said: The Treasury of Southern Sayings” is available on Amazon.