As a lot of y’all know, I grew up in a small rural town in the Midwest.

I was at my 15th year high school reunion a couple years ago, which was on the patio of one of the local taverns.
Suddenly a country song started to play and EVERYONE, and I mean EVERYONE, started losing their minds. Now there had been OTHER country songs playing. But people lost their minds after the first note on this one.
Me, being the lone negro (none of my other black classmates were there but anyway), started looking around for an explanation. I even looked to my husband, who also grew up in my town and is white but seriously uncultured, and he seemed to know what the song was.
As everyone started grabbing their beers and singing along with the lyrics, I shouted, “WHAT’S HAPPENING?”

Classmate: Are you being serious?

Me: YES.

Classmate: You don’t know what this is?

Everybody else: *furiously losing their crap*

Classmate: ...are you serious...?

Husband: 👀👀👀


Garth Brooks: Well I got friends in ₗₒᵥᵥ places...

Me: OOOOOH. Never mind. I’m with y’all now.
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