Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Remembering Beth, One Year Later

A year ago today, our family was shocked to learn that our cousin Beth had passed unexpectedly over night.

Although she was my wife Melanie's cousin, Beth's personality and caring nature had endeared her to me and to m y children, as well. But that was who Beth was, she drew you in. She cared. She was family.

Beth and I bonded over tattoos and she first appeared on Tattoosday in 2011 in this post that featured a Yankees logo shaded with the stars and stripes.

Last year I had taken a photo of her most recent tattoo, but didn't post it when she was still alive. But when I did post it at the end of the year, I was able to follow it the next day with my wife Melanie's lovely tribute tattoo for her here.

My younger daughter, Shayna, was a kindred spirit with Beth, as their love of the New York Yankees was a common thread that they shared.

Shayna turned eighteen earlier this year and did not wait long to get her first tattoo.

She chose to take the opportunity to honor Beth by replicating the tattoo we all knew and loved on the same spot that Beth had hers. Shayna's new tattoo is below, with Beth's below that:

Shayna's tattoo was inked by Alex McWatt from Three Kings Tattoo in the East Village.

Shayna sat like a champ, as they say, and I know that Beth would have been proud of her and tickled to see her honoring her this way.

She was taken from us too soon. We have the memories, but Melanie and Shayna also have the tattoos that serve as tributes for our cousin who lit up the room with her smile and brought everyone together.

We miss you Beth!

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