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It’s the one-year anniversary of that time we were flowered on Facebook

A screenshot of a screenshot of a GChat conversation, originally courtesy of Maggie, that took place between us one year ago.

A screenshot of a screenshot of a GChat conversation, originally courtesy of Maggie, that took place between us one year ago.

One year ago today, Maggie and I had a GChat conversation in which we reacted to someone’s reaction to a Valley News Facebook post.

That person reacted with a flower.

In case you don’t recall, around Mother’s Day last year Facebook rolled out a temporary new reaction to show gratitude for ya moms: A purple flower.

From a Time article on the reaction:

Facebook users can now react to a post with a flower—along with “like” and the smiling and crying emojis. “In honor of Mother’s Day we are testing the ability for people in a few markets to leave a flower reaction,” Facebook said in a statement.

The flower reaction indicated one was “thankful,” or “grateful,” depending on your platform.

At the time of our conversation a year ago, however, we didn’t know what the heck the flower meant, so we were pretty surprised when it popped up as a reaction on one of the Valley News‘ posts. (Maggie kindly GChatted me to share the news of the reaction.)

As far as we can tell, there is no unique reaction to celebrate this Mother’s Day. 🙁

R.I.P., purple flower. We hardly knew ye.

Check out the Authority Collective, challenging the media industry to be more inclusive

And co-created by our dear friend Jovelle Tamayo, former Valley News photography intern.

The Authority Collective — a group which describes itself as “a group of womxn/femmes/trans/non-binary/gender non-conforming people of color reclaiming their authority in the photography, film and (virtual reality/augmented reality) industries” — was just profiled in this piece by Danielle Villasana on Medium.

“We want to challenge who holds power in the visual media world by uplifting our community and holding institutions accountable,” said Tamayo, of the Authority Collective. “We are making a point to focus on actions because we don’t have time to wait for these gatekeepers — who are happy to talk about inclusion but do little to address it in meaningful ways — to follow through.”


You can follow the Authority Collective at their website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


Jennica Guy, left, gets ready for Hartford High School’s prom with their date Charlotte Dennison on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at Guy’s home in White River Junction, Vt. Guy, 17, is non-binary and uses “she,” “her,” “they” and “them” pronouns. “Don’t think that everyone who identifies as non-binary is confused,” Guy said. “I’ve been told I’m confused in my gender identity but I’m not. That’s who I am.” Tamayo, a former Valley News photography intern, chose this as her 2017 Valley News photo of the year.