Sometimes, after a morning of drinking cold tea between playtimes and an afternoon of toddler-chasing and nap fighting and an evening of wrestling over tooth-brushing, I just want to treat myself to a big stack of friendship waffles and mimosas with some glorious female warriors. Motherhood made me realize how important Galentine’s Day is by helping me appreciate just how vital it is to take breaks from serving and spending time with my partner and kids, and cultivate and honor my friendships with other women.
Galentine’s Day is a holiday invented by The Honorable Leslie Knope, of the television show Parks and Recreation. Each February 13, Leslie and her favorite ladies leave their partners at home and enjoy brunch together, while she showers them with gifts that emphasize how much she loves, appreciates, and admires them. It's the perfect counterpart to the over-the-top romance of Valentine’s Day that happens the following day, and even in the timing of the day it reflects Leslie’s commitment to “ovaries before brovaries,” "utereses before duderuses," and putting her girlfriends first in her life.
Even though Galentine’s Day got its start on a television show, I’m all for observing it in real life. Too often, romantic love is held up as the most important kind (or even the only “real” kind) of love. That puts a ton of pressure on that one relationship, and I know I've definitely been guilty of relying too heavily on my husband for grown-up company, friendship, and conversation (especially as I was first learning how to manage life as a stay-at-home mom). Motherhood reminds me that Galentine’s Day — and every other opportunity to celebrate our lady friends — is really important, because: