Hyong Yi is an assistant city manager from North Carolina. Just one year ago, he lost his wife and the mother of his two children, Catherine Zanga, to ovarian cancer.
Yi decided he wanted to honor his wife’s memory, so he and his two children took to the streets of Charlotte and passed out 100 love notes to unsuspecting strangers. Of the 100 notes, 50 were from Yi, and 50 from his wife,
“50 from me, 50 from her. So the love notes end up being a conversation. I actually like that better,”
Inside each note was a link to 100lovenotes.com, a site created by Yi to continue to honor Catherine’s memory and to encourage others to be reminded of their loves, before it’s too late.
The caption on the site reads;
These 100 Love Notes are a monument to a love that lived for fifteen years and still echoes daily. I encourage you to take a few minutes and share in the joys and sorrows of love. At the end, thinking about the love in your life, I invite you to share your love story and express your love.
Live fiercely. Love completely.
Yi said of the notes he passed out to random strangers, “My hope is that they will take a moment to reflect on the love in their life,” Yi says, “What I wouldn’t give to have one more minute, even a minute to talk, hold hands and I want people to take a minute and reflect on that. Sharing that with somebody they love.”
In addition to his website, Yi has also started a facebook page where others are now sharing their own love notes, using the hashtag #100lovenotes, to tell the important people in their lives just how special they are. ‘This page is to celebrate love and help all of us take the time to reflect on the love in our life.’
What an amazing man and a touching story. Yi said that his wife’s death was very hard on him, but it was his kids who helped him get through it telling WCNC,
“It’s been the hardest year of my life.”
“I really would’ve liked to have stayed in bed for an entire year. Anna and Alex were instrumental in getting my life back together again.”
Yi says he plans to do the same next year to honor his wife, saying “She was just a great woman. I did not fully appreciate how great and wonderful, loving and caring and thoughtful she was until I didn’t have it anymore.”