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14 Emotional Stages Of Dating A Southerner

First comes love, then comes barbecue. Falling head over heels for a Southerner comes with its own special perks, y'all.

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5. You kiss and it actually feels like a fairy tale.

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Other places you'll eventually kiss:

• Sitting in a pickup truck parked by the lake.

• At a bar with peanut shells all over the floor.

• Inside of a tent.

• On the porch of the house where they grew up.

• On their high school football field (you snuck onto school grounds after-hours).

10. You spend a weekend at a bed-and-breakfast in their hometown and you suddenly want to model your relationship after that of the owners.

12. You discover that their mom has been planning your wedding since day one.

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But you're OK with it. Because their family literally embraces you with the strength of a giant Southern bear hug. SOUTHERN FAMILIES?! WHO KNEW?!

14. And at the end of the're happy just being in the back of a pickup truck together.

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You might be living out the lyrics of a country song, but you seriously could not care less.

Tale as old as time, song as old as that beat-up pickup truck that is DEFINITELY on its last legs.

Watch young love blossom in the South on CMT's Gainesville, an all-new series premiering Thursday, August 20, at 10/9c.

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