Send us your funniest, sweetest messages for Valentine’s Day

A Valentine’s Day card or candy heart might mean a little more this year. Families, friends, and lovers found themselves communicating long distance on a more regular basis due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has left deep emotional trauma and defined much of past year.

Through hardship, love prevailed. People just found newer ways to express it.

In this Monday, June 22, 2020 photo, Agustina Cañamero, 81, and Pascual Pérez, 84, hug and kiss through a plastic film screen to avoid contracting the new coronavirus at a nursing home in Barcelona, Spain. —(AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Momentous celebrations like birthdays, baby showers, and graduations were celebrated with wholesome drive-by motorcades, balloons floating out car windows.

Grandchildren hugged their grandparents through plastic.

People got creative and made candy chutes to deliver sweets to the neighborhood during a scaled-back Halloween.

Thanksgiving tables had fewer place settings, but video calls had more windows in them than ever before for some families. Holidays celebrated apart meant gifts arriving by mail, and that roommates got a little closer.

First dates happened in separate dining rooms over FaceTime, and in virtual museums at Animal Crossing towns.

Many can count on one hand the number of times they’ve seen family or a friend in person since the start of the pandemic.

That’s why a Valentine’s Day card this year, sweet or funny, might go a long way. When you search “Valentine’s Day 2021 cards” online, some common themes pop up. You’ll see the phrases, “Love is in the air and so is COVID” and “Be my quarantine.” Creatively, we think New Englanders can do better. We’ve got a good sense of humor. Do you know someone who’s in need of a pick-me-up? Perhaps you have a special person in your life that would be moved by a simple gesture? Or maybe you have a friend who is really sappy, and loves wholesome, corny puns? Whichever the situation we want to read the love notes you’re sending out this year. Submit your best Valentine’s Day message by filling out the survey below or emailing [email protected]. We’ll pass along the love and share a roundup of submissions in an upcoming Boston.com article.

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