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Ross Mathews pays tribute to his mom: “I will spend the rest of my life trying to be as good as she was”

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I can’t imagine a world without her. Will colors be less vibrant? Flavors dulled? Laughter muted? She was my audience of one, my head cheerleader, my VIP. And now she’s gone, taken before any of us were ready. But in her 69 years, my mom made colors more vibrant, made food more delicious and laughed with big-hearted, knee-slapping gusto. She made life better. I hope – no, I know – that her spirit lives within me and I will spend the rest of my life trying to be as good as she was, as kind as she was and authentic as she was. I am who I am because of how she loved me. We should all be so lucky. Do me a favor: if you can, tell her your mom you love her today. I wish I could, even just one more time.

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4 Remarks

  1. My deepest sympathy on the loss of your Mom. Your words are a beautiful tribute to her, and your life is and will continue to be a great testament to how well she did her job as a mother.

  2. May 30th, 2020 at 3:01 pm
    John Purves says:

    As someone who is staring down my 73rd birthday, I thought she was far too young to die. My condolences to Ross.

  3. June 12th, 2020 at 11:32 am
    Debi Spencer says:

    Hi Ross, My heart aches for your loss. When I met you in Toronto at the book signing, you spoke to me of her and your eyes light up at the mention of her name. I know (beyond doubt) she is with you and will watch over everything you do. God bless you for the work you do and the love you had for her!

  4. Ross, I just found out that your mother passed away and I wanted to give you my condolences and let you know that you are sincerely in my thoughts during this difficult time. I know that it has been a few months, but it is going to take a while to create a new normal. I always thought I was the biggest Momma’s boy in the world but I think there are many of us out there. I miss my Mom (Eula Mae) more and more every day and my heart still hurts after three years. Be good to yourself, take care of yourself (I just watched on of your cooking posts and know that you are a wonderful person and I really do think your Mom is living on through you. She done good! Sincerely, Jim

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