The new French cards are no exception.
A wonderful lady in Montreal who gives out Kavanah Kards suggested some time ago that we do them in French. Great suggestion, but the wily SA (sitra achra) worked overtime to prevent it from happening.
First I put out requests for someone to help translate, and then there was a stalled attempt at getting someone I knew to do it for me (I was stalled!)
One day, I received an excited email from the same Montreal woman that she had gone into a yeshiva and saw some! She attached a picture of one, and it did look like the business card size English one. WOW! How awesome!
Aimee (her name) contacted the person who had taken it upon herself to do the translation, and got her to send me the file. BUT Aimee didn't stop there. No, she and her husband decided to take it upon themselves to make the French card like the other Kavanah Kards.
In brief, I put her in touch with my graphic designer, and she did the card in our 2 x 4 format with the French translation.
Then there was the printing. Aimee and her husband contacted several printers in Canada, and found out that the price of my printer "angel" was a fraction of the cost. They decided to go ahead with printing 5000 of the flower card in NY, and sent me the money. About 10 days ago I picked them up.
How to get them to Montreal..... SO EXPENSIVE.
Aimee knew someone whose mother was coming in from Montreal and she said she would take back a shoe box size package. But there were five TIMES that amount to get to her!
Hashem to the rescue: while speaking with my oldest son before Shabbos, I told him the story of trying to get the French cards to Montreal. He said his brother-in-law, who lives in Montreal, was coming in for my grandson's Bar Mitzvah this week!
Of course, I contacted him immediately and he said he would be happy to take as many as would fit in his car back after the Bar Mitzvah and that he would be coming in again a week later and take the rest!
I thanked Aimee's friend and told her that Hashem sent a ride for the cards, but that she got the schar for being willing to take some, and "I'm fulfilling the mitzvah of Hakores ha'tov as Hashem commanded (Mitzvas tzrichas kavana)" by thanking Hashem for being the wonderful "President" of the Kavanah Kards project and making it all possible, AGAIN!
That's not the end of the story, though.
I made a web page for the French cards, musing that it "should" be in French (but we know I can't "do" French). After an email exchange with Aimee, she sent the translation complete with accent marks, and I was able to put it onto the page. After I uploaded it, I thought about formatting, and "decided" to make it centered. A minute later I got an email from Aimee that she "had the same idea". What a coincidence! Of course, Hashem sent us both the same idea. How amazing, as usual!
Thanks, dear reader, for reading this, and for spreading the word and supporting Mindful Mitzvahs, Kavanah Kards and kavana of mitzvahs and our newest "French family member" to help Klal Yisroel.
May your Mitzvah bank account be filled to overflowing with the schar of helping bring others closer to Hashem (and for using them yourself!)