February on With Love and a Little Self-Deprecation is dedicated to love. Family love, friendship love, marriage love, “that wasn’t even close to being” love – just lots and lots of love. But in a funny way, I promise. Today’s My Funny Valentine post, Galentine’s Day: A Lady Love Story. This post contains affiliate links.
Parks, Rec, and Love
It’s been 8 years since Leslie Knope introduced us to one of my all-time favorite holidays. Galentine’s Day.
For those who didn’t watch Parks & Recreation, first off please go do so. But in the meantime, here’s my spoilerless recap of an utterly flawless series
Leslie Knope, played by the incomparable Amy Poehler, works at the Parks & Recreation department in a small town in Indiana. She’s the Type Aiest Type A person on the planet and is exceptional at everything she does. Leslie is so pulled together in the work place she has binders to help organize her binders. She single handedly carries the department of cooky characters and while she drives everyone nuts with her passion, they also adore her because she’s so gosh darn adorable. It’s all on Netflix. Or Amazon. I’ve watched the series 247 times, approximately.
You’ve Got a Friend in Me
One of the many things Leslie is exceptional at is friendship. So she created a holiday called Galentine’s Day. What is Galentine’s Day? In her words:
Breakfast and female friendships. Why hasn’t this holiday existed forever!?! The Galentine’s Day celebration in the show is commemerated with elaborate Leslie gifts, but the real gift is the the togetherness, and the brunch during work hours.
Ladies around the country have started celebrated Galentine’s Day in many different forms and I’m here for all of them. Ladies celebrating ladies! Even though truth be told I’ve really only ever celebrated Galentine’s Day by sending memes full of love to my lady friends who also enjoy a good Knope reference. This effort is severely missing the bacon and mimosas, but when your friends scatter around the country it’s better than nothing.
You Poetic Land Mermaid
This year February 13 will likely be spent in the same way since it’s a Tuesday, and sadly not recognized as a national holiday, so my ladies will all be at their various places of employment rocking the world one student, patient, child, case, or project at a time. BUT, in April I have a #bff date in New York City for some lady time/ seeing Hamilton time. Kel and I are leaving our husbands at home, staying overnight in the city, and there will be mimosas. Perhaps frittatas. Maybe waffles. Definitely excessive laughter.
It’s hard to carve out time in our busy lives for friendships. That sounds crazy and sad, but it’s true. We all are moving in a million different directions and have a million and one responsibilities. It’s not a bad thing. We grow up. We move. We build families. That’s life! But when we do have the chance to revisit ourselves as “Insert Your Name Here” the Friend instead of the Wife/Mom/Co-Worker/Neighbor, it’s a great opportunity to celebrate the people who have been there for us over the years to talk about important things, and nonsense things, and Law & Order SVU plot holes.
So to my beautiful ladies, Happy Galentine’s Day. You are epically brilliant unicorns with smiles that could launch a thousand ships. Your skin radiates like the sun glinting off 2 Chainz chains. Your laughter rings through the skies like the song of a million Ariana Grandes. You’re inspiring, and challenging, and entertaining. And I love you.
Galentine’s Day Resources Because I’m Nothing if Not Helpful
Galentine’s Day Memes
A Good Waffle Recipe
A Great Galentine’s Day Gift
Galentine’s Day Cards
Be My Galentine: Celebrating Badass Female Friendship
With lots of love for the ladies who made me,
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