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  1. Barbara Berman
    January 20, 2017 @ 8:01 pm

    Tobi, thanks for sharing this beautiful story. Good for Jardin to commemorate her friend this way.


  2. Tobi Schwartz-Cassell
    January 20, 2017 @ 1:08 pm

    Thank you everyone! I loved reading your stories of strength, bonding and remembrance, and I appreciate your sharing them with me. It almost makes me want to get a tattoo myself!


  3. Wendy Hutchinson
    January 20, 2017 @ 10:08 am

    I have two tatoo’s. I got the first one 7 years ago, after my Dad passed, and it’s a Heart on my ankle that says “Dad”
    The second I got a year ago, after my brother Billy passed. He had a crescent moon with 1 star on his chest, above his heart.
    Me, my son and my nephew all went together to get the same tattoo. The boys got theirs where Billy’s was, but I put mine on my back shoulder, knowing that Billy will always have my back.
    So, I get it, Jardin. It is a beautiful way to always remember the people who left this earth.


  4. Rose Kennedy
    January 20, 2017 @ 9:21 am

    Tobi — I just love this story. Both of my girls have gotten tattoos and each for different reasons. My oldest got a tattoo with her roommates of the house address on their ankles as a forever bond. My other daughter got a lotus flower on the back of her neck (which she drew herself) to symbolize something beautiful comes from nothing. This prompted me to get my own tattoo which is a beautiful fairy on my left ankle with the words “alis volat propriis” which means “She Flies With Her Own Wings”. This was to symbolize my renewed self, my independence and strength after my divorce – I’m okay, I can do this on my own and I have! Tattoos are very personal and very emotional and I love every inch of mine and what it stands for.


  5. Roseann Saltzsieder
    January 20, 2017 @ 8:55 am

    My daughter has more than a few tattoos. A couple of years ago for Mother’s Day, she gave me one. She asked if we could get matching tattoos to show our bond. We have 3 waves with “Somewhere beyond the Sea around them. I love it and it shows our mutual love of the beach and cruising together.


  6. Amy Troncelliti Milavsky
    January 20, 2017 @ 7:32 am

    What a tribute! I can picture that piece of pizza with the “V” and love the idea of a visual reminder. I’m sure it must be very comforting to Jardin. Thanks for sharing this story. It really touched my heart.


  7. Debbie Rubin
    January 19, 2017 @ 11:27 pm

    Tobi, I once did an article a long time ago on the Jewish prohibition on tattoos.The reason had to do with ancient Jews being forbidden from imitating the ways of the pagans, who decorated their bodies with tattoos. Not too many pagans around these days, but the prohibition stands.


  8. Cindy Starr
    January 19, 2017 @ 10:56 pm

    I just love that story–except for the premature, heartbreaking loss of Vicki. Good for Jardin. My son has three, and two are much larger than I would prefer. As a result, he wears the long-sleeved version of the required work uniform. I see a lot of long sleeves in his future!


    • Tobi Schwartz-Cassell
      January 19, 2017 @ 11:08 pm

      Thank you so much, Cindy. Seeing as Wes is in sunny California, I’m thinking long sleeves are not going to be very comfortable. 🙂


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