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If you call yourself a country person, you can’t miss out on these things

By C. Murph | Monday Monday Staff -    2016-08-29

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Certain things just have to be included in the country life. If you’re a country guy or gal, you know what that means.

Here are 10 things that any country person can surely relate to…

Country music

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As a country person, you love some country music. Of course it’s not the only music, you like, but it is the prevailing one. Faith Hill, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson — legends of the 90s.

Clear night skies

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What beats looking up and seeing beautiful stars staring down at you, no street lamps or city lights in the way? It’s refreshing. It’s renewing. It’s a chance for you to get a breath of the universe.

The smell of summer

The smells of country summers: freshly cut grass. Gasoline. A baking pie. Maybe a bit a manure smell. Do these smells take you right back to being a kid, or maybe yesterday? Summer is the best, and its nostalgia is capture in smells.

The scenic route

City traffic is the worst, especially when you’ve got a truck or jeep that does best on back roads and fields. Yes, it might add a few minutes to your drive, but it’s worth it to avoid other cars and see the scenery.

Country water

City water tastes very different than country water — ask anybody who’s tasted both. Country water has that real taste that you want, that earthy taste. Some people say it’s not safe to drink right from the hose, but what country person doesn’t drink from the hose?

Country-style dates

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Typically, a country girl and guy wouldn’t dress up in a party dress and tuxedo to go out to dinner. They probably wouldn’t spend a boat-load of cash on a fancy restaurant — country folk are smarter than that. A good country date is going to the local movie theater or drive-in, driving around and enjoying each other, or just sitting by the campfire and talking.

Open air

Cities provide a lot of fun things to do, and a lot of country people can enjoy them as much (or more) than city people. But many country people can’t stay in the city very long. They need that open air that only the country provides.

Family first

Whether the bonding happens during your time fishing at the creek, hunting for deer, or over dinner, family comes first. Yeah, of course you have fights and rifts, but what is there besides family?

Neighborly love

You always look out for your neighbor if you’re a decent person living in the country. Tractor breaks, you help fix it. Animals get loose, you help be the animal-herder. “Love thy neighbor,” right?

The sounds of the country

Crickets, frogs, owls, and maybe a coyote in the distance. If you’ve grown up in the country or on a farm, you know these sounds well. These are the sounds of your childhood.

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C. Murph

C. Murph is a freelance writer who lives in Pennsylvania.

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