Country girls aren’t women you want to mess with. We grew up in small towns that nobody’s ever heard of, and we’re damn proud of it too. We’re looking for a guy who’s not afraid to get a little mud on his boots and won’t scream like a baby when we admit that isn’t actually mud (#farmgirljoke #sorrynotsorry).
If you just landed a date with a chick from the sticks, here’s what you need to know to hang onto her heart.
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1. Ask who her team is.
Game day’s no joke in small towns, and you can guarantee she’s watched her fair share of football. But is she more of a pro girl these days or college football all the way? If you’re not asking her opinion on anything more than nachos vs. chili, you’re going to find yourself watching Sunday Ticket all by yourself.
2. Just hand over the keys already.
Lawn mowers. Tractors. Four-wheelers. We learned to drive one of them pretty much as soon as we could reach the pedals, so we’re pretty used to being in control. If you’re stuck in a ditch, not sure how to parallel park, or wondering how to back out of that long drive way, move over. We got this.
3. Dress down.
We can dress up when we want to and look damn good too. But we’re the girls who sob when fall comes, and we have to actually put our shoes back on. (Barefoot or flip flops > our favorite boots.) And if you’re expecting high heels, you’re going to be disappointed. Tell her you love how she looks in her favorite jeans, and you’ll make her swoon.
4. We have a lot of guy friends. Get used to it.
If you’re stalking us on Facebook, you’ll notice we’re still talking to at least half the kids who slept on the nap mats near us back in nursery school. But we really don’t want to bang any of them, we promise. When you graduate with a class of 30 kids who all attended the same school from kindergarten to the 12th grade, you’re more like brother and sister than potential love matches. So hold the jealousy, and get ready to meet some really cool dudes.
5. Get dirty.
If you get your car detailed regularly, know what the crevice tool on the vacuum cleaner is for, or have ever used the phrase, “I love laundry day,” just don’t even bother. The kind of guy who gets all butthurt when someone puts wet shoes on the floor of his ride is not going to be down with a girl who grew up catching frogs and digging fishing worms.
6. Learn to love beer (if you don’t already).
We’ve come a long, long way since we first threw up all that Natty Light in the back of our best friend’s pick-up truck, and thank goodness because her dad was pissed. But if you’re going to take us out on the town, you could do a lot worse than the local brew pub. Slap an ice cold Hefewizen or Witbier in a country girl’s hand, and you just guaranteed yourself a date number two.
7. Play that country music.
Listen, you’re never going to be a sexy cowboy god like Luke Bryan, and we’ve just got to accept that. And you don’t have to add Hank Williams’ greatest hits to your Spotify. But if you can at least throw on a little pop-country cross-over (like Florida Georgia Line) when we come by, chances are you’ll be getting lucky.
8. Be nice. Like, actually nice.
Seriously, this should not be that damn hard for you, right? You’re definitely a stand up guy. But in case you’re wondering why this is such a big deal, a little background: When you grow up in a small town, you’re friendly to everyone because you know everyone. We like nice people, because we are fucking nice, got it? You don’t have to Kimmy Schmidt everyone you meet, but if you’re a dick to the waitress, we’re going to “accidentally” lose your phone number.