CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - There was a unique and heartwarming sight in Plaza-Midwood Tuesday afternoon as a mother stood near a bus stop, offering to pamper fellow moms ahead of Valentine's Day.
It was a simple sign at the corner of Central and Thomas Avenue written by Rene Couret, who remembers what it was like to become a mother for the first time.
"It was the most exciting moment of my life, finding out I was going to be a mom," Couret said.
As traffic flew by, René stood in the cold to honor her son who passed away 13 years ago on February 13, 2005. "I am so grateful for that time, to have him for that amount of time," she said.
Gregory Zion Couret spent most of his short life in and out of the hospital, test after test with doctors.
"Then they did find out it was CDH. CDH stands for Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia," Couret said.
A CDH diagnosis gives babies a 50/50 chance to live. Gregory would have been 13-years-old this week. "Thinking of the fact that he is a teenager now or maybe on special occasions it feels really terrible to not have your child," Couret said.
With Gregory's name proudly on the back of her sign, Couret stood along busy Central Ave. offering free hugs, nail polish and massages to fellow mothers who've lost a child.
"Why don't I do something to honor him to maybe give some other women who have lost babies some TLC," explained Couret.
Because in this case, a little love can go a long way.
"It's uncomfortable because you don't know what to say a lot, but sometimes fewer words are better, hugs, mention the name," Couret said.
Gregory Zion, a little boy whose legacy lives on, in his mother's love.