Why You're Here and What It Is:
The midwest is a very large area and has very large states that are remarkably similar to one another. They are Ohio, Illinois ( this is the state where Chicago is ), Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Kansas, and Missouri. The region is noted for its weather which is very hot in the summer with temperatures above 37C and very cold in the winter with temperatures as low as -40C. The eastern part of the Midwest is very different from the western part which is mostly prairie land and almost completely empty.
God only knows why you are here from your part of the world but whatever your reason you're enjoying it tremendously and think that all Americans are sweet as pie and kinder than saints. You are very happy.
Living in the Midwest, the men are taught to take tornados in their stride, to farm the land or to appreciate farming, to be patient, polite and boring. Yes, boring. Midwestern Men are the BEST men in America and yet...yawn...just thinking of them makes me want to give up the blog and go to sleep.
The land of the Midwest is flat, monotonous, and the towns are the same. You'll never meet more sweet, helpful, genuinely caring people in all your life. They will go out of their way to give you directions, will introduce the whole clan to you as they pass you on the street, will water their impeccably gorgeous flowers and invite you to stop and smell the roses. You've met the "typical" American that is talked about all over the world. You've met the heart and soul of this great nation yet you also can't get them to talk about anything controversial, to give a definitive opinion about anything difficult to discuss, or to get them to be outraged about injustice. They are just too happy to get upset and don't want you to mess with this happiness.
Where To Meet Him:
Midwesterners are very laid back people...very - laid - back. You're likely to meet him at a local festival, and in fact, be invited by him on the street to go with you to that festival. Unlike their New York brothers, Midwestern Men make no obstacle of your being a complete stranger to him. He trusts that you are completely wonderful and aren't a danger to him. There is no lack of spontaneity in these men and they have nothing but good experiences with most of the people in their lives who are not sarcastic, unkind, or trouble makers for the most part.
You can meet him anywhere...a restaurant, a concert, a walk on the beaches of the Great Lakes, or while waiting in line for an ice cream cone. He'll be open and kind to you straight away.
What He'll Look and Act Like:
He will be polite, clean, and have nice fingernails. If you can stand all the sweetness and light, you're likely to notice that his clothes are neat and pressed, he makes lots of eye contact, and reminds you of a ten year old boy in terms of his respectfulness and charm. It's not all bad however because he isn't a ten year old boy and is more than willing to prove it to you -- after you meet his mother, sisters, brother, and all his cousins. This guy is open and if he likes you he wants you to meet his family.
Midwestern Men are TALL...not freakishly tall like Dutch Men but very tall and thick like Norwegians. The Norwegians came and settled this land of snow and bugs and you'll notice this right away. They are blue-eyed, blond or fair haired, and have big smiles. They are CUTE.
He will be the quintessential 'All American Boy' that is portrayed in magazines. He will have played some kind of sport in his youth and knows how to compete fairly, he will have good muscles, and straight teeth because his parents wanted him to have braces to make his smile very nice for others to see. He understands nature and doesn't get too freaked out about violent weather as you see a tornado the size of a skyscraper barreling toward you. He takes all the scary things about the midwest in stride. You'll be impressed that he knows that tornado is going to turn to the north and avoid you completely.
He is brave, calm, and courteous. You will like him immediately and you will be the most exotic creature he will ever meet.
What Kind of Girl He's Used To:
He's used to the sweetest girls in the world. Women being what they are, you'd think that you're dealing with a Southern Girl who seems nice on the outside but are mean on the inside. Not so with a Midwestern Girl. She's nice, happy, and wants to make you her friend because she's got lots of friends and you seem really nice to her too. Midwestern Girls are not territorial about men or her family and wants only to add to her joys and blessings. You're lucky she's going to be your mother / sister / grandmother-in-law.
His old girlfriend has moved on politely and you'll get no drama from her unless she's mentally unwell. You'll just be so happy also because the girls who date his friends will be curious about you and welcome you into their circle of friends because you're "special" and "nice" and they just love you. Don't expect to get too personal with them or to have deep conversations with them until you make one of them your "best-friend" in which case she will love you and never betray you. Never, under any circumstances, talk about SEX with any of these girls...they were not raised to talk about anything interesting so you'll fall flat with them if you try.
Where Your Blind Spot Is:
You have no blind spot but just remember that if you're French and want to complain, or Spanish and want to party, or Greek and want to debate these boys you're not going to do well. Norwegians, Swedes, and Germans do well with Midwestern Men as you're all descended from the same people who came to this harsh land in the first place.
The Big Date:
He's got something nice planned but it won't be exciting. He likes theme-parks, ice cream, swimming, hiking, and beer. He doesn't complain and hasn't really experienced too much night-life in his little town. He doesn't care though and can appreciate the little things that make life special. If you choose to marry him and live in the midwest, get ready to toss all culture, sarcasm, and black clothing in the garbage. You're now a midwesterner and you're expected to "keep sweet" and "be nice".