Recently I threw candy hearts around my apartment, made chocolate fondu and invited some of the coolest girls around to celebrate “Galentine’s Day.” We laughed, we cried, we posted silly pictures and celebrated this journey of becoming who God made us to be. It was a sweet, sweet moment.
Little did I know that some of the dudes I know noticed our Galentine’s Day Instagram posts and were pretty skeptical about what “Galentine’s Day” really meant.
A guy friend stopped me at a recent function and remarked, “You know, Emily, when I saw you were hosting this ‘Galetine’s Day’ thing, I seriously thought you were gathering a bunch of girls to have a man-hating party. But then I read your post on why you hosted that night and my mindset completely changed. You weren’t getting together to hate on all the dudes. You were inviting girls to celebrate where they are in life and that they don’t need a guy making them dinner reservations in order to know they’re valuable. That’s pretty cool.”
I just couldn’t help but smile. I’m not a man-hater. I am incredibly thankful for the awesome dudes in my life. I have an out-of-this-world amazing Dad. I have top-notch male co-workers and friends. I have brother figures and cool Uncles and Cousins and Grandpas. Dudes are awesome! And we need both guys and girls in this thing called life. We both matter and we both bring value. It’s recognizing the value we both bring to the table that matters and makes a world of difference.
So to all the fellas out there, Galentine’s Day and all those other girly activities aren’t man-hating cultish gatherings. They’re gatherings designed to celebrate becoming the women God made us to be and, in turn, to bring value to who you are too. When we as women bring our best to the table, and you as men bring your best, we truly are better together, complementing who God made each of us to be.