Open Thread Update: Valentine’s Day

Covid-19 is the ‘gift” that keeps on giving.  Apparently folks are too busy trying to get the vaccine to think about romance.

We reached out to learn if people had ‘in jokes” or a private language they shared with a special person, or even a friend or sibling, similar to the language I shared with my late husband: “It’s like the broken window” for a narrow escape, or “Dance for Grandma” when either of us were asked for a ‘command performance’ of some skill.  (Read more about our language here).

However, one reader shared a lovely and thoughtful practice where he lives, and he describes in in the comments, below.

Thank you, Farrell!!

I’ll keep the comments open in case anyone feels inspired – What are the words, phrases or references that signal private jokes or memories with the special people in your lives?

Share the story, and tell us in the comments!

Virge Randall is Senior Planet’s Managing Editor. She is also a freelance culture reporter who seeks out hidden gems and unsung (or undersung) treasures for Straus Newspapers; her blog “Don’t Get Me Started” puts a quirky new spin on Old School New York City. Send your suggestions for Open Threads to her at