We also have the bestest readers in the Twidom, bar none. Over the past six months, I've relied extra-super-heavily on you all for advice, moral support, and the occasional shoulder (or bewb shelf) to cry on. Then back in January, My After Car Is An XKR and Dangrdafne asked me how I would feel about their setting up a fund-raiser for the American Heart Association as a tribute to my mother, who passed away suddenly of a heart attack in September. Twihearted was born.
An initial (and somewhat random, ambitious, but hopefully attainable!) goal of $2000 was set for the fundraiser, but not surprisingly, you all came through above and beyond to help raise a grand total of $2560.
There are a gazillion good causes out there - all of them worthy - so I want to thank each and every one of you who contributed to this one. I means the world to me, my family, and I know that so many of you have also had your lives directly impacted by heart disease. Thank you for all of the comments you left on the Twihearted page (and I am so sorry for those of you who have lost someone to this disease - Sue, my heart goes out to you). I'm never really sure what it is, exactly, that we have created over here - collectively, all of us - in this corner of the interwebs. But I know I love it and it sustains me.
I had a dream about my mom last night; in it I chided her for the fact that she had been out of touch recently. She told me that she was happy now, and I was happy for her, but I knew that I wouldn't be seeing her again soon... My sister and I have both found ourselves looking for little "signs" from our mom. A few weeks ago, Sister Snarky woke to find an email from my mom. It had somehow resent itself to her Blackberry. We find solace in what we can where we can, and every bright ray of sunshine streaming down from the sky is suddenly loaded with meaning - maybe a little too much, maybe not... But I'll take this as a sign. We done good.
I'd like to wrap this up with a few words from My After Car Is An XKR, without whom none of this would have happened...
MyAfterCar here. Huge thanks, lung-crushing hugs, and piles and piles of Robporn to SnarkierThanYou and Dangrdafne, without whom Twihearted would not exist. We started this project and then I was under the weather and fell off the face of the earth for a few weeks, and these two totally took the reins and did the lion's share of the work. They emailed, they wrote, they designed, they promoted, they did everything that needed to be done to get Twihearted up and running. STY and DD, you rock my face off. Thank you for your kindness and compassion, and for making this fundraiser a reality!