Remote Romance – celebrating Valentine’s Day together when you’re apart

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Rachel Fleagle, Section Editor

Although some couples can celebrate face-to-face (or mask-to-mask) this Valentine’s Day, others are forced to plan remote dates. Looking for romance even over a computer screen? Try some of the ideas below with your significant other.

  1.     Have a Zoom dinner date. Do takeout or order for it to be delivered. Want to make it more clever? Order a surprise meal for each other! Then have dinner ‘together’ over Zoom or a similar video platform. If you’ve had enough of Zoom, check out these platforms instead. Many are either free or have a trial run option.
  2.     Watch a movie together. Amazon Prime has a video Watch Party option, as do other platforms. Pick your favorite movie and consider doing a ‘double date’ by extending the watch party.
  3.     Pop Quiz. Do you really know each other? What better time to find out than today! There are many ‘Get to Know You’ quizzes for free on Google, such as this one from Fun Cheap or Free. Question lists for siblings, friends, or even grandparents, and they also have great questions to ask each other.
  4.     Play Games. Anything but Among Us, folks. It’s just not romantic. Alright? It’s. Not.

There are plenty of online games that you can play, but if you want to step away from the screen, get creative with your phone and board games around your house. Can you each set up a chessboard and make the moves by telling each other over the phone!

Battleship is probably out—but it could be fun. Get goofy and do something memorable like being forced to put your own chess piece in checkmate while your date does a victory dance over the phone.

  1.     Remember. How did you first meet? What do you like about each other? What are your favorite memories together? Look through photos via Zoom or get old-fashioned and do a phone call. Write each other a letter with one special memory or quality you love about them and send it snail-mail to open later that week (or month, depending on your Postal Service).

Long-distance romance has flourished long before COVID-19 was a reality—and although it’s not the same as seeing your Valentine in person, don’t miss an opportunity to celebrate from afar.