It was first year of university when I moved to a new city and I met my friendship soulmate. To this day, she’s one of the few people I can’t see myself living without. While she is amazing all by herself, she also brought some truly wonderful people into my life. As a born and raised city slicker, being introduced to life in small towns and small town people has really made me realize that some of the best kinds of people come from little blips on the map. Here are seven reasons why small town-born and bred people are some of the greatest.
Number Seven: They Are Incredibly Loyal. I have never met someone more loyal than my best friend…until I met almost every one of her friends from back home. It was almost like they were all thrown into a giant pot of loyalty juice, and it soaked into their bones. Seriously. They’ve all got your back and you never have to worry if they’re going to be there because they are. Always.
Number Six: They Are Always Down for a Good Time. I’m not sure what kind of backwoods parties they were having back home, but here in the city, my small town friends tear it up almost every weekend. If you want to go out and spend every cent you made this week on shots, they’re the people to call. Especially if you want to go to a country bar and two step.
Number Five: They Treat You as One of Their Own. You’re a part of their friend group, then you’re a part of their family. They have no qualms about bringing you home for Thanksgiving or Easter or whatever free time you have. Being away from my family for the last seven years has been made a little easier thanks to my BFF and her family taking me in and treating me like a member of the family. It wasn’t hard to fall in love with them all instantly.
Number Four: They Know Everything…Seriously, Everything. I have been privileged to be a part of some conversations that I really have no idea about. They start with “Did you hear about blank?” followed by “Yes I did. So sad/amazing/horrible.” It never ceases to amaze me how everyone knows everything about anything that’s going on in town. The weird thing is that they all seem to just know. It’s like they all have ESP or something.
Number Three: They Treat Everyone With Respect. They’ll take their hat off for dinner. They’ll hold the door for people. They’ll offer to pick up the tab. There really isn’t anything when it comes to manners that these country folk don’t do. If their family needs help on the farm, they’re the first to go. Family comes first, but other people are a close second.
Number Two: They Don’t Play Games. I don’t know if it’s something they were taught as a child, but there really isn’t any game-playing when it comes to these folks. They don’t like something? You better believe they’re going to tell you. And not in a passive aggressive way. You mess up once, and then you’ll be hearing about it the next time they see you.
Number One: They Are Authentically Beautiful. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for outside beauty or inside, you’re going to get both with small town people. I don’t know if I’ve ever met so many good looking, kind and fun individuals per capita before. Again, it makes me wonder what was or wasn’t put into their food as a child. If you happen to ever meet and befriend someone from a small town, my advice is to hold onto them for as long as you possibly can. You won’t regret it, I promise.