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I’m really proud of my brand new tattoo. It is my first. I never ever thought I would get one, in fact, I always said I don’t like tattoos on women, especially on older women. Well, now, at almost 45 years old, I guess I’m one of them! After having read about memorial tattoos, the idea became more and more appealing to me. I wanted something that says that even though the love of my life is no longer on this earth, I will always love him and he’ll always be a part of me. I chose a butterfly tattoo (new/eternal life), with a cross and his initial “R” subtly incorporated into the design. I’m really pleased with the way it turned out. To me, it’s a beautiful way to remember him and all the happiness and joy we shared, but also a reminder to me that he is in a good place with the Lord – and that it is okay for me to move on and allow new little rays of happiness and joy to slowly outshine the darkness of my deep, raw grief. I’ll never forget him and I’ll always love him, but I have to try to move on and make the best of this new life – because that’s what he would have wanted.        

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Comment by Dianne in Nevada on February 25, 2013 at 8:07pm

This is beautiful, Daisy.  Love all of the symbolism, with the butterfly, cross and R's.

And Samantha - can you add a photo? I have occasionally thought of having something like that done on the inside of my wrist. Anyone who knows me would be shocked that I'd even think about a tattoo.

Comment by Samantha (was clare) on February 25, 2013 at 6:41pm

that is beautiful.....I had tattoos before, but after I took an anniversary card I found where he signed "I love you " and his name and had that put on the inside of my wrist......it helps me and that is all that matters....

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