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Who needs hearts and flowers when you have a group text?
We lay down our arms so we can reach out our arms to one another.
We seek harm to none and harmony for all.
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.
A kitten, because why not?
A sculpture to tell your friend you are always ready with a helping hand.
3, 2, 1... go! Cue up that playlist and let off some steam, long distance but synchronized.
Flowers are cliché for a reason, and absolutely no one is allergic to a link to a painting.
But if the while I think on thee, dear friend, all losses are restored and sorrows end