February 9, 2021
Valentine’s Day, that holiday that would have us focused on romantic love as the most important human connection in our lives, has us cynics thinking about our friends instead. How has friendship sustained us this year? How has the silly photo or the quick, heartfelt text jolted us out of a funk? How have we shared the burden of sorrow and anxiety with each other? How have we learned new skills and ideas, or devoured new series or books together from afar?
Grand gestures can be nice, but they are inherently exclusive (looking at you, Valentine’s Day). We’re here for the quiet, sly acknowledgement or dark inside joke that interrupts the daily grind and ties us together.