Jill Layton
May 18, 2015 12:06 pm

A woman and her backpack are dating — and their story is a classic New York City romance. After 10 years of friendship, Gen Blau and her pink Jansport backpack finally decided to take their relationship to the next level — by exploring their city together — on dates.

Blau has been documenting their dates on Instagram for about a month with the hashtag #jansportdate. The pair do all sorts of normal dating things together — they go on walks, meet up for cocktails, take naps, go to the movies and generally just have a great time. No word on who pays or if they’ve met each other’s parents.

OK fine. . . she’s obviously not really dating her backpack for serious, but she is doing it as a joke, and we think it’s pretty hilarious. Blau told the Daily Dot, “I’m a single person and I don’t want to feel bad about going out and doing all the things I wanna do even if I’m alone.” She said that men have come and gone, but her backpack has stuck around for 10 years. That definitely sounds like relationship status to us!

When asked how this whole thing got started she said, “I was going to a nice restaurant and I was wearing this backpack, and I was like, you know what? I’m going to choose to not feel bad about the fact that I’m wearing jeans and a t-shirt going to this fancy Italian restaurant and make this about something fun that I can do while I dine by myself.”

Yes! We hope their courtship continues forever, because it’s so good. Gen, you and Jansport have our blessing. Here are some of the snapshots from their life together:

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