No matter how much I love my new home in Owensboro, a part of me will always love my hometown of Blanchester, Ohio. Today, I am going to share a few memories from growing up in a small town in Ohio.
You might have grown up in Blanchester if…
- You went to storytime with Ms. Patty. Bonus points if you believed that a witch lived in the tower across the street from the library.
- You remember the Putman v. Jefferson debate. You also probably thought Jefferson School was haunted and are still sad that it was torn down. The Putman School has changed too, but I’m sure you remember how it used to be.
- You knew the name of every person that you graduated from high school with. You probably still know their names and have friended most of them on Facebook.
- You remember the bat that lived in the entryway of Putman for years. (And for those of you who don’t know me from Blanchester, yes, I went to Putman Elementary School then married a man with the last name of Putman. It’s a small world after all.)
- You probably also remember playing on the jungle gym and under the bubblegum tree on the playground at Putman.
- You remember and still love the Fourth of July Festival. When I moved to Louisville I just assumed that there would be a Festival like Blanchester’s but there wasn’t and that blew my mind. There is just something special about our Festival that everyone else is missing.
- You thought a lion lived in junkyard. Was that true? Did anyone else strain to see through the boards when they drove by? Am I the only that believed that?
- UPDATE: I have been informed by many, many people that the lion was real!
- You sang in the Variety Show. Or put on a play or comedy skit. Maybe you weren’t in it but you did watch it. It’s a town tradition.
- At school you were known as so-and-so’s sister or cousin. Everyone knew my family and as an extension they knew me. I didn’t feel like my own person until I moved away! But at the same time I love the familiarity of small town life.
- You walked to the Ice House for a snack some days.
- Dinner at Gold Star and a movie at the dollar theatre were a staple in your social life.
- You also remember when movie theatre tickets cost just one dollar.
- You know that Blanchester is the only Blanchester in the whole world. It’s not just another Goshen or Hillsboro, we are unique.
- You know about the Carrie Culberson case. A sad part of our history, but a part of it none-the-less.
- You’ve seen the world’s largest horseshoe crab. No it’s not a real crab, but it was a symbol of our town. It was even in the Twilight movie on Bella’s quilt. Everyone has their claim to fame and that is one of ours. It recently moved to Hillsboro I believe.
- You know all about the Dairy Bar and Dairy Point and spent many a summer day there licking ice cream or slurping a Slurpee.
- You know all about the Cider Keg and went to football games. Finish the sentence: What’s the word? Kill the __________.
- You played soccer on the old fields across from the new high school. In fact, you can picture exactly where this field is.
- You heard a lot about FFA and remember our school winning multiple National titles. Whether you loved or hated FFA you have to admit that that’s a pretty cool claim to fame!
- You remember when Main Street was a school not a police station. I still remember many happy days playing four square on the playground.
- You drive on potholes in the roads. Lots and lots of them!
- You went to a Christmas Formal not a Home Coming Dance and had fun dancing the night away.
- You remember when football was everything and spent hours sitting in those cold metal bleachers cheering on your team.
- You are actually from Edenton but say you are from Blanchester because no one knows where Edenton is, even many people who live in Blanchester.
- You know that there are churches on every corner and have been to one or two.
Other comments I have received in the past few hours: Mugsey’s, Walking through Antique Malls, The Military Vehicle at the Armory, and Track and Field Day.
Everyone has a story and a hometown and this is mine! Perhaps I’ve romanticized Blanchester a little bit but being away from Blanchester for so long has given me time to miss it. What would you add to the list? I’d love to see if you remember the same things that I do!
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