During my most recent trip back to Australia, my sisters, mum and myself wanted to do something really special together to remember and honour our youngest sister/daughter that we lost to meningococcal meningitis in the year 2000.
The four of us agreed that we would like to get a small remembrance tattoo. We had been talking about it for several months and in the end, we all agreed upon the following design…
Four swallows to represent four sisters/daughters. The fourth little ‘bird’ is not fully there but will always be with us in spirit. The swallow represents love, care, loyalty and affection towards family and friends.
As far as location goes, we wanted the tattoo to be somewhere where we could always look at it, so we chose the wrist.
So on December 20th 2016, on what would have been Caylee’s 31st birthday, we did it!! For mum, even though it was her first ever tattoo, she jumped right in and offered to go first without hesitation.
The tattoo artist did such a fabulous job, keeping the birds as small as possible without loosing any of the detail. We love our little birds!
Although I live on the other side of the world to my mum and two sisters, this tattoo makes me feel constantly connected to them; as though they are always with me and that we are always thinking of each other.
Tattoos are not for everyone and it is so important to think carefully about what you put on your body before you do it. They are permanent after all. Tattoos can however, be a great way of preserving memories, expressing yourself and remembering those you love. Do you have a remembrance tattoo? Perhaps a tattoo to honour someone or somthing? If so, I’d love to hear what you chose and why.