Here’s What Kind Of Girlfriend You Are, Based On Your Favorite ‘Parks And Rec’ Character

Parks and Recreation
Parks and Recreation

Leslie Knope

You can be a little overwhelming, but only to those who don’t know how to handle a woman with big ideas and a lot of ambition. You’ll always prefer a meaningful homemade gift over a fancy and expensive one, and all you really need to be happy in a relationship is a significant other who can keep up with you. Your favorite kind of date night is the one where you marathon five hours of a show together and then you check off a thousand things on your to-do list while your significant other takes a luxurious nap.

Ron Swanson

You’re straightforward, you say what’s on your mind, and you don’t take any bullshit. You have no qualms about commitment, but if your partner wants to make the relationship Facebook official or likes to post selfies of the two of you 24/7, you’ll run in the opposite direction. You’re very private about your relationship, but you’re also very loving.

Ann Perkins

You’ve dated every type of person under the sun, and at this point, you have no doubts about what you want. You’ve worked very hard to figure yourself out, and even though it’s a continuous journey, you’re confident in who you are and you look at your significant other as someone who is supposed to complement that process instead of deterring it.

Ben Wyatt

Nothing makes you happier than nerding out with your one true love. You’re the girlfriend who wants to go to midnight premiers of Star Wars and Harry Potter, and your idea of a romantic getaway is a weekend spent at Comic-Con. You have no skills whatsoever when it comes to flirting and playing coy, but when you’re in a relationship, you’re as thoughtful, loving, and considerate as they come.

April Ludgate

You have no time for small talk and you don’t care about socializing, unless it’s with your partner or one of your carefully selected friends. You show your affection in offbeat ways, but you also don’t play games when it comes to dating. When you like someone, they know it. You’re incredibly loyal and when you’re in it, you’re 100% in it.

Andy Dwyer

You’re obviously incredibly silly, but that doesn’t mean you don’t take your relationship seriously. You do everything in your power to make your partner laugh, to make them feel loved, and to make them happy. You’re protective without being suffocating, and at the end of the day, your needs are pretty simple – to be treated well, to be loved back, and to be with someone who only encourages you to be yourself.

Tom Haverford

You’re open about your more shallow tendencies – you appreciate luxury, you often show your love through material things, and you’re not afraid to treat yo’self. But when you open up to someone on a more intimate level, you’re an incredibly thoughtful, sweet, and caring girlfriend. You show your partner you love them by working hard and taking care of them  – sometimes that means saying something really loving, and sometimes that means buying them super expensive sheets because you think they deserve to sleep like royalty.

Chris Traeger

Okay, so sometimes you’re exhausting, but your enthusiasm is also contagious. When you’re in love, everybody knows it and you have no concerns with hiding it. You’re frank about your feelings and are secure enough with yourself to be blatantly open about them with whoever you’re dating.

Jerry/Terry/Larry Gergich

You’re just a mess, but also, it’s like, okay, you’re sweet too, so just keep doing you. Most likely, your friends constantly make fun of you for being a noodle, but at the end of the day, you have the hottest significant other of them all. And you’re super casual about it.

Donna Meagle

You’re confident, self-assured, and independent, so when it comes to love, you won’t be tied down by just anyone. You’ve gone on plenty of dates and have had plenty of flings, but when you actually decide to settle down with just one person, it’s probably for life. And even if you’re hesitant at first, once you commit, you go all-in, and very consciously try to adapt them into your life and vice versa. With the right person, you know how to take down your walls, but you will never compromise your sense of self.

Craig Middlebrooks

You have a flair for the dramatic and you don’t attempt to keep this a secret. Whenever you’re with someone, you constantly joke about how you don’t know what the hell is going on and you make it very clear that you are not “good” at being in a relationship. You tend to go for the types of people that can mellow you out, and once you’ve found someone, you will tell them you love them – it just might be in a roundabout, overdramatic way.

Mark Brendanawicz

Stop it. Go away.

Jean-Ralphio Saperstein

You’re insane, and it’s fine, and whoever wants to be with you will know it from the get-go, and if they’re not into it, oh well. You’re like a bird on cocaine. You can’t be stopped. TC mark

Kim Quindlen

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Trace the scars life has left you. It will remind you that at one point, you fought for something. You believed.

“You are the only person who gets to decide if you are happy or not—do not put your happiness into the hands of other people. Do not make it contingent on their acceptance of you or their feelings for you. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if someone dislikes you or if someone doesn’t want to be with you. All that matters is that you are happy with the person you are becoming. All that matters is that you like yourself, that you are proud of what you are putting out into the world. You are in charge of your joy, of your worth. You get to be your own validation. Please don’t ever forget that.” — Bianca Sparacino

Excerpted from The Strength In Our Scars by Bianca Sparacino.

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