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Parks & Rec: How to Celebrate Galentine’s Day in 2021

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If you’ve never had the chance to celebrate Galentine Day, now is the time to break out the crushed diet soda cans and work on the handcrafted mosaic portraits. OK, maybe we’re not all as awesome as Leslie Knope when it comes to gift giving, but she’s fictional Parks & Rec Vacation has given us many opportunities to show the women in our lives how much they mean to us. How exactly do you do this when you’re in a long distance (temporary or permanent) friendship?

Galentine Day, held every February 13th, is based on the idea that friendship is a relationship that is as meaningful as anything romantic. It is a time to explain love and affection to the beautiful, shining sun goddesses in our lives, also known to our closest friends. Sure, that could mean doing it all and hand crocheting a bouquet of flower pens for each of them. But it can also mean dropping them a personalized note to remind them how awesome they are, or just taking some time to sip mimosas and remember the good old days together at Fritattas.

Whether you are in a romantic relationship or not, it is important that you take this time before Valentine’s Day to show your appreciation for the other relationships in your life. A friendship like Ann and Leslie’s is hard to come by – after all, there are whole roles of their compliments on each other. But if you’re lucky enough to have a friend who’ll tell you how great you are on a regular basis and who wholeheartedly reassures you that your sleeve won’t catch fire on your next date, remember to give him a little this February to show more love. Check out a few ways you can shower your Ann Perkins (or April, or Donna, or even Mona-Lisa) with all the affection she deserves, because friendship is a kind of love in itself.

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Robert Dunfee