Thomas Resch is a 21-year-old who lives in Maryville, Washington. Buzzfeed News reports that he recently lost his mother, Deborah. Deborah went into cardiac arrest; she was recuperating from her first heart attack when it happened again in January. She died last week.
In a post about her on Twitter, Thomas called his mother his "best friend" and shared pictures of the two of them spending time together:
Today I lost my best friend. I was lucky enough to have 21 years with you but I know you’ll be waiting for me with big open arms. I’ll never forget the things you taught me, how to laugh, how to be strong, how to be honest, and most of all how to love. Rest In Peace momma ❤️ pic.twitter.com/BaJR5Bp1SN— Mr. Tall (@thomas_resch) January 17, 2018
But he started to get a lot of attention after sharing how he chose to honor Deborah's memory.
After her first heart attack, Deborah was in recovery. The blood flow had been shut off to her brain for awhile during cardiac arrest, and it ultimately affected the dexterity of her hands. She found it quite difficult to write.
Thomas told Buzzfeed, "When I was a kid and all of growing up my mum always prided herself on her handwriting."
The day of Deborah's death also coincided with Thomas's plan to move out of the house and live on his own. She wrote him a note in her new, shakier handwriting that read:
"I'm going to miss you a lot. I love you."
Thomas decided to tattoo his mother's words on his body. He also realized she'd been wearing her Fitbit at the time of her death. He looked up her data and saw the exact image of her final heartbeat. He combined them as a tribute to her:
My mom wrote me a note the day I moved out / the same day she passed, (also with her real last heartbeat). She lost mobility in her hands from her previous cardiac arrest so some people may see the words as messy but it’s beyond perfect in my eyes. I love you so much momma❤️ pic.twitter.com/8ZKBkeVrlH— Mr. Tall (@thomas_resch) January 22, 2018
Thomas shared a picture of the tattoo on Twitter, saying that her handwriting was "perfect" in his eyes.
"I miss you momma," he wrote.
People are incredibly touched by his story. Many related, having lost their own mothers. Some had also tattooed their mothers handwriting on their body!
This is beautiful. I got goose bumps reading this. My thoughts are w u🦋😇— Mads (@SpinksMadison3) January 22, 2018
hey sorry to bother , but i just saw it on fb and i have tears after looking at it , This is beyond beautiful ❤ i wish every mother gets a son like you🙏🏻🙏🏻— im_sonakshi (@sachdevasona) January 25, 2018
God bless you and the family with lots of happiness and love to the beautiful lady❤
Idk you but this just brought me to tears. There is nothing sweeter than a mothers love. It's unconditional. She is always with you. I pray for you & your family. Keep your head up— Kalisa 🌻 (@Kuhleesuh) January 22, 2018
my mom use to write me letters all the time & always ended them by saying “all my love mom”. She sent me a very long one 1 day & a couple weeks later died, unexpectedly, so I got it tattooed, I understand your pain,& I’m sorry for your loss, your mom isn’t hurting anymore love💔— KC-20⚡ (@kslg18) January 24, 2018
No one can ever understand the loss of a mother until it happens and it's devistating. But find strength any way you can always remember the good times and when those bad thoughts get in your head think about her laugh, smile, and hugs. lost my momma 12/27/16 I feel your pain.— Ben - G (@officialben) January 24, 2018
this is bittersweetly beautiful. your strong love for her surely shows and shines so far above that i’ve no doubt she’s still feeling it right now. rest in peace to a lovely lady who clearly gave birth to an equally-as-lovely lad. 🌿💚— ai 🦗 (@tellmesomethjng) January 24, 2018
Your mother was beautiful. The love she had for you and you for her can clearly be seen. I too lost my mom; I know how much it hurts and that kind of pain never leaves. But wow, what a beautiful beautiful reminder of how strong and loving you momma was. Thanks for sharing ❤️— Charmaine Porter (@charmaine2707) January 25, 2018
I don't know you but I lost my mom at 17, it was the hardest thing to get over and even till this day I think about life with her would be like. It's hard I understand that but just remember shes not suffering and she'll always be with you no matter what❤— salvadorian princess (@EleanorPleytez) January 24, 2018
This is so special! I appreciate the hand writing. I have tattoos for the ones I have lost, they’re not all “aesthetically” perfect, but they mean so much to me, that’s all that matters!!!— cōsmicvøid (@bribonana) January 23, 2018
Thomas is moving forward and pursuing his dream of becoming a professional bodybuilder.
"Now that she's passed I'm still going to pursue my bodybuilding dream and make my mum proud," he said. "She never wanted me to give up, especially on what I loved."