A song for my nieces Elyse and Sophie


I dedicate this song to my two wonderful nieces: 2 year-old Elyse and 3 month-old Sophie.  They inspire me so much.  I want to make this world more peaceful for them.  In March 2015, my mom, dad, younger sister Lara, and I visited the Bay Area, California to be with my younger sister Mia, brother-in-law Mike, and niece Elyse to await the arrival of Sophie.  Several times I played with Elyse as she pushed her wooden animals in a wooden truck on the floor of the living room.  She called the animals “aminals” just like the title of this song “Aminals” by Baths.  I just happened to listen to this song this afternoon as I worked on the edits of my first novel, a paranormal romance that takes place in Hawaii and a spiritual realm where spirits are trapped.  The song made me think of my two nieces who I wish I could see more often even though I Skype with them almost weekly with my mom, dad, and baby sister Lara. It’s just not the same as seeing them in person.

Jon holding his niece Sophie on March 7, 2015 at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.

Jon holding his newborn niece Sophie on March 7, 2015 at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.

Jon and his 2-year old niece Elyse watching an animated movie on March 15, 2015 in San Mateo, California.

Jon and his 2-year old niece Elyse watching an animated movie on March 15, 2015 in San Mateo, California.

Jon playing with his 2-year old niece Elyse with her

Jon playing with his 2-year old niece Elyse with her “aminals” as she called them on March 25, 2015 in San Mateo, California.

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