Oh, February. The month when classrooms transform into a pink, red, white, and heart-covered nightmare. While it started out as a minor Christian holiday, Valentine’s Day has gradually morphed into a celebration of love and affection over the last 1,500-ish years. The festivities became more akin to current day in 18th century England, where people began exchanging trinkets, sweets, flowers and, of course, greeting cards with their significant others. This iteration spread rather quickly, and by the 19th century people began to abandon handwritten notes and cards for the mass-produced variety. So, as much as people enjoy blaming Hallmark for commercializing February 14th, they were just going along with the times.
These days it seems like people are either for Valentine’s Day or against the holiday. Some people relish the opportunity to dote on their beloved – showering them with lavish bright red bouquets, boxes of fine chocolates, and maybe breaking out the bubbly. Some couples have even come to expect expensive gifts on the 14th. But there are also a lot of couples who reject the date for its commercial connotations. They find it hokey and unnecessary. Why should there be one specific day to celebrate a connection? They kind of have a point. Strong and healthy couples should be celebrating each other every damn day.
This year, though, many people will have to forgo the expensive dinner prix-fixe or weekend mini-vacation. This marks the first Valentine’s Day where much of the United States is still grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic. What once meant a night on the town has become more of the same: cooking dinner or getting takeout, sitting in front of the TV, and maybe getting lucky. While that may not seem very exciting, it does give couples a chance to reflect on what makes their relationship great – or what makes relationships in general work.
Twitter’s way ahead of everyone in that department. On the site, a meme about “perfect couples” has gone viral over the last week, allowing people to share mostly-wholesome stick figure memes, labeled with traits that seem to fit well together. You know, one person who hates cooking, and another who loves to fatten their partner up. The trend started on February 3rd, when user @obiwanfroggi tweeted the happy stick figures with the labels “can’t do math” and “can do math.” The tweet quickly went viral, inspiring many more of the relationship-centric memes – many that are much, much funnier than the original. Sorry, @obiwanfroggi. While some of the memes stick with the straightforward theme of compatibility, some of them are pretty absurd, or make references to recent pop culture events, such as Phoebe Bridgers trying and failing to successfully smash her guitar on SNL. We’re fans of both iterations and we’ve rounded up the best right here for you.