My Nieces


A Song For My Nieces
July 11, 2015

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.

Thinking of my nieces Elyse and Sophie
July 11, 2015

I cherish every moment I have with my nieces Elyse and Sophie, daughters of my younger sister Mia and brother-in-law Mike. I try to spend a month or two with them every year either in Hawaii, the Bay Area, California, or on a trip somewhere. I also try to Skype with them every week with my parents and my younger sister Lara. As they grow older, they remind me of how valuable time is. I want them to have happiness throughout their lives. I love them so much. I dedicate the song above to Elyse and Sophie, which has some cute kids singing about making up for lost time.

Elyse at 2 years and 6 months old in San Mateo, California.

Elyse at 2 years and 6 months old in San Mateo, California.

Elyse at 2 years and 6 months old in San Mateo, California.

Elyse at 2 years and 6 months old in San Mateo, California.

Sophie at 2 days old in San Francisco, California.

Sophie at 2 days old in San Francisco, California.

Sophie at a day old in San Francisco, California.

Sophie at a day old in San Francisco, California.

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Elyse at 2 years and 3 months in Pearl City, Hawaii.

Elyse at 1 year and 7 months in Pearl City, Hawaii.

Elyse at 1 year and 7 months in Pearl City, Hawaii.

Elyse at 1 year and 3 months old.

Elyse at 1 year and 3 months old in San Mateo, California.

Elyse at 1 year and 7 months in Japan.

Elyse at 1 year and 7 months in Kyoto, Japan.

Elyse at 15 months old.

Elyse at 1 year and 3 months old in San Mateo, California.

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Elyse at 11 months old in Pearl City, Hawaii.

Elyse at 8 months old.

Elyse at 8 months old in San Mateo, California.

Elyse at 8 months old.

Elyse at 8 months old in San Mateo, California.

Elyse at 6 months old.

Elyse at 6 months old in San Mateo, California.

Elyse at 6 months old.

Elyse at 6 months old in San Mateo, California.

Elyse at 6 months old.

Elyse at 6 months old in San Mateo, California.

Elyse at 9 weeks old.

Elyse at 9 weeks old in Pearl City, Hawaii.

Elyse at 21 days old.

Elyse at 21 days old in San Mateo, California.

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