SEAN RICHARD D'SOUZA
My love, soul mate and best friend.
Earned his angel wings on January 26th, 2012.It’s been exactly one month since Sean looked me straight in the eye and said, “I love you” for the last time.
It’s been one long month since I felt him run his fingers through my hair, clutch my hand, laugh heartily at my stupidly funny jokes and embrace me tightly.
It’s also been one month that I’ve been unable to step into the kitchen, knowing that my biggest culinary fan and critic and favourite dining companion won’t be savouring anything I cook for the rest of my life.
Tears. Pain. Loss. These words may now be regularly associated with us and our families, but if there is one life lesson that I’ve learned from the love of my life is never to give the situation power. To always make an informed choice based on your wants and not on what is expected by others. And most of all, to smile through every kind of adversity that you’re faced with.
If you knew Sean, you would agree that living life on his terms was a philosophy he lived to the fullest. Today on his one month anniversary, I can safely say that there isn’t a single moment in his 32 years on earth that he regretted. So now when I’m faced with a decision, I always wonder, “What would Sean have done?” An answer usually becomes crystal clear very quickly. I like to think a certain handsome five-foot eleven inch Guardian Angel is speeding along the thought process.
So this decision wasn’t an easy one for me to make. With my main inspiration for Potato Chops and Boneless Chicken having assumed a new role in his eternal life, I’ve decided to put the blog to bed. It was a fantastic, educational journey for us both and we enjoyed sharing it with everyone. Potato Chops and Boneless Chicken will continue to live in memory of Sean, his voracious appetite and his innate ability to enjoy every meal that was put in front of him – no matter how strange or questionable.
I miss my dining partner, sous chef, chief taster and reviewer.
But I know when I step into the kitchen again, Sean will be by my side making sure I'm not going to cut or burn my clumsy self. And as always, he’ll be sitting at the head of our dining table smiling and praying that I’ve added enough salt to my dinner.
Sweet dreams my angel. May your new heavenly companions enjoy every second around the dining table with you. Don't miss me too much. Bon appétit!