2010 was a year that I will never forget. This was the year in which I lost both my parents, in a matter of only 10 months. On February 24, 2010 my dear father passed away at the age of 93 and on December 16, 2010, just short of ten months, my beloved mom, at the age of 88, left this world behind.
They lived a long and happy life, despite World War II, and the continuous danger of being caught, Dad had to go "underground" in the French Resistance for five years of the war. They were married for 69 years and she gave birth to 7 children. I always think that Mama died of a broken heart, because she could not live without her beloved George any longer.
Despite the fact that they 'lived a long and fruitful life,' the ones who are left behind are never ready for them to leave. We all wish that we could have our loved ones with us forever, and that they would never leave us.
After losing Mama, I was totally lost. I felt like an orphan, and still do. The most difficult day of the week is Sunday, because I used to call my mother every Sunday. We had endless conversations during which she was telling me all the events that happened with the family during the week and what was happening in everyone's lives. To me it was very important, as I am the only daughter living in America, with the rest of my siblings and extended family living in France. Mama was my main connection to everyone, and suddenly the umbilical cord was broken. There are no words to express how much I miss that weekly 'interlude' with my mother.
I used to send my Mom a card on every possible occasion. My mother used to love receiving my greeting cards from America, and that was the reason why I never missed an occasion to send her one. She said that these cards were always the most beautiful she ever received. She collected all of them.
Two months after Mama was gone, on Valentine Day, I could not help but to continue looking at the beautiful cards displayed. So there I was on Valentine's Day 2011; and I saw this most amazing card for Mom with the most beautiful and endearing message of love. I just stared at it and asked myself, "So what am I to do?" Of course I bought it. While driving home, I was crying the whole time; realizing that I had nowhere to send the card, because Mama was gone from this world and there was no physical address where this card could be delivered. I was heart broken, and put the card away, thinking that maybe one day I will find a way to send it to her.
After several months of pondering this dilemma, I thought of a solution. I realized that I had the wonders of technology and cyberspace at my fingertips, where everyone can have an address—even if it is just a mere virtual address.
My spirits were lifted by the thought of how easy it is to communicate with anyone, anywhere in the world, at anytime of the day; and with an immediate delivery, through the magic of email and cyberspace – and there was nothing that could stop the continuation of my conversations with my mom or my dad.
This is why I decided to create "YouRinMyHeartForever.com"….to continue that conversation—to never sever that bond.