The origins of Galentine's Day
Lolly: Happy Galentine’s Day! That’s where it started right, the most wholesome and hilarious show ever
Lolly: We even have a card named in her honour (Knope - you are lovely)
Jade: Yeah, and our Treat Yourself card, that’s titled ‘Meagle’ - after Donna.
Lolly: We’re stans!
Jade: There are some excellent women on that show, no wonder they came up with a holiday to celebrate each other.
Lolly: I love that Leslie’s compliments are slightly unflattering. (Ann, you’re a beautiful, brilliant, talented, powerful musk ox.) It’s ideal for us, because we’re only overtly nice to each other when we really have to be. Jade: Yeah, I can’t be nice to you. It makes me queazy. Lolly: It only works in drunk texts
Our lasting friendship
Jade: We do enjoy some lovely activities together, don’t we.
Jade: Coffee and a whinge? Lolly: Mine is singing out hearts out in the car. Curating the best playlist ever and harmonising like sweet, sweet angels.
Jade: Oh yeah, we are really good at that. Remember when we were teens and first driving, and we made a CD of songs with really good guitar solos to sing to? Specifically, just the guitar solos
Lolly: You say sing…
Jade: It’s always nice cooking together too. Cooking a meal for someone is the nicest thing. It’s the nicest thing you’ve ever done for me - when it was my birthday and I was having a bit of a rough time and I turned up in my pjs and lay down in your kitchen while you cooked for me. And it was a feast. That was the best. Lolly: Food is the language of love, so they say. I think the dog walks do it for me. Pretty much all of my heartbreaks have been fixed with a flask of coffee, our daft dogs, having a whinge with you up a mountain.
The value of female friendship
Lolly: It’s how to just feel good about things - how to laugh at ourselves. Whether thats from sending each other the ugliest selfies we can, just to cheer the other one up, or creating silly gifts, or making the dumbest fancy-dress costume you can together - you can never feel ashamed or embarrassed by things if you just laugh at it all with someone.
Jade: It’s everything, women tend to share everything, there’s nothing that I feel is too weird or depressing or silly to tell you, or run by you. For a while in our 20s, when generally you feel like a grown up but have no clue what you want and what you should do, neither of us could make a single decision without running it past the other first, and then you start to feel normal, and worthy and more confident because you have someone there backing you up through all the ups and downs of womanhood. It’s scary to think what life would be like without that, without feeling comfortable to just say every daft and strange thought that came into my head, and have you go ‘yeah, I’ve been there too.’ Or, you know, ‘God you’re weird, but it’s fine.’
Lolly: Oh that’s nice! Look, you can be nice to me after all
Jade: You can have the Gal Pals card, because that’s a portrait of us.
Lolly: I’ll find you a dud of the Swimmer Print because you are a joyful child in the sea. I’d also give you a ‘Stop and Smell the Roses’ notepad because you LOVE ticking off a to-do list AND you’re a total garden nerd.
Jade: And you are a beautiful tropical fish.