28 August 2007
buon compleanno mia!

Mia Rose and her stinky toes,

Green/blue eyes, and button nose.

Princess gowns, tiaras, and sparkly heels,
Cheerleading skirts, bracelets, and ear-piercing squeals.

Cornsilky blond hair pulled back in a pony,

Your birthday dinner will be delicious with Nana's macaroni.

Eight years you're here, from baby to young girl,
They've passed like a blur--an awesome pink whirl.

I wish you many happy things for the coming year,
That breeze you feel? It's me--I'm near!

My favorite niece you'll always be,

Even though they say you're just a little pujie.*

(drawing by P's niece, Sara, age 9.)

Happy, happy birthday and first day of school!

Baci e abbracci
Aunt Shell

*Family joke. My grandmother used to call something smelly a "pujack" which she told us was a smelly goat; it's been shortened for Mia, because, you know, she's little and all.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful, whimsical poem to described (who you've described to me as) your beautiful, whimsical niece!

Gosh, eight and eleven, can't believe it!!

Of course, mine are seven and four - unbelievable too!

- K

Blogger Gil said...

Between your family and P's you must have at least two birthday's a month! Another great poem and a beautiful picture.

Blogger Jen said...

Very sweet! Happy B'day to Mia!

Happy Birthday to Mia!!! :)

Sara made a very pretty drawing :)
Is your "little pujie" in Italy?

Sognatrice, is "Aunt Shell!"...short for Michelle? that's very pretty :)

Blogger JennieBoo said...

Happy, happy Birthday, Mia!

You're quite the little Picasso.

Happiness and blessings to you, sweet girl!

Blogger sognatrice said...

Laxlaw, I know I can't believe it either--and yours are getting so big too!

Gil, P's family really takes up most of the calendar, but yes, between the two of us, it's pretty much year-round birthdays around here ;)

Jen, thanks, and thanks :)

Farfallina, the pujie's in America (she's the sister of Michael from last week's birthday post); I only have one brother, and he only has two kids, so that's all for the kids' birthday announcements on here for a while. None of the Italian nieces and nephews (P's side) read the blog.

Yes, Aunt Shell is what I was called from the time Michael was little and couldn't really say Michelle very easily--thus Aunt Shell was born, and it stuck. I think it's rather cute as well ;)

JennieBoo, thanks for the good wishes! I'll be sure to let Sara know her drawing was appreciated (she's still here on vacation from Perugia) :)

Blogger somepinkflowers said...

you shine with these poems, missy!

i think we are related
when my birthday comes
i might need a poem, too...


*aunt shell* has a magical feel.
do you send them sea shells
from time to time?

Blogger Karen Cole said...

What a beautiful, colorful little poem. What a lucky girl Mia is to have you.

Quand'e il suo compleanno?

Have to practice my italian. Just took an immersion class for travelers.

Blogger Marmite Breath said...

Happy Birthday Little Mia!

Blogger sognatrice said...

SPF, what a wonderful compliment! Please do email me your birthday...I *love* birthdays (my own especially hah!).

Aunt Shell has yet to send seashells; as you might know, I don't go to the beach very often, but also, we don't have many around here :( Although P's nephew from France (10 years old) was a master at finding them! He left with quite a collection--hopefully as my own niece and nephew will do when they come to visit ;)

Karen, thanks! Mia's birthday was yesterday, the 28th. She and her brother are exactly 3 years and 1 week apart. I know she was looking for her post the day before, but I'm also a stickler for celebrating the exact day...so I hope she got to see it yesterday after her busy first day of school!

Nat, thanks for the good wishes :)

Blogger qualcosa di bello said...

that is a lovely poem/tribute to someone who sounds like an awesome niece!

Blogger Sparky Duck said...

gotta love child art

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a lovely post for a little smelly goat. Too cute.

Blogger sognatrice said...

Qualcosa, awesome indeed; thanks :)

Sparky, I melt in its (children's art's) presence. Really.

Ally, hah! Thanks for commenting :)

Blogger Figs Olives Wine said...

What a fabulous gift for your niece! I love the poem, and that's a great drawing.

Blogger Karina said...

What a sweet poem and post! Happy Birthday to your niece! And how sweet of P's niece to make a drawing for her!

Blogger sognatrice said...

Amanda, glad you liked it--it was fun to write :)

Karina, I thought it was pretty sweet too; she was so sad when I said that Mia might be coming in June because she (Sara) always comes in August....

Blogger Erin said...

That was so cute!

Blogger sognatrice said...

Thanks Erin :)

Birthdays all around! YAY!

Yours is coming soon too!
Aren't nieces and nephews wonderful? Absolutely the best.

Birthday cake... balloons... ice cream and presents... YAY!

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awww, Happy Birthday to Mia (I LOVE that name). What a sweet drawing. (I love kids' art). :)

Blogger SabineM said...

That is soo sweet!
Happy Birthday to Mia! And wow, to share a birthday AND first day of school. How did she feel about that?!

Blogger sognatrice said...

Scarlett, yes, birthday fever has begun! Woohoo!

Nino, isn't it a great name? I love your kids names too...obviously we have similar taste there :)

Sabine, let's just say she wasn't psyched about having the first day of school and her bday on the same day. Can't blame her really, even though I always liked school. I'm guessing she missed out a bit on the attention factor :(

Blogger african vanielje said...

Wishes for a beautiful day to your niece, mia. What a beautiful name. I love your blog. Just working my way through the foodie blogroll, and got stuck here. I think I'll stay a while

Blogger sognatrice said...

Ah, thanks Vanielje! I've already checked out your place, and the feeling is mutual :)

Blogger african vanielje said...

Thanks sognatrice (I'm practising saying that in 'eye-talian'. Most of my favourite people are dreamers. I'm putting a link to you on my page. Hope that's okay. I like to have a quick link to any special treats so I can nibble as I work...

Blogger Mélanie said...

Joyeux anniversaire
Beautiful picture !!
I wish I could have the same drawing !!

Blogger sognatrice said...

Vanielje, what an honor to be on your links--I hope you'll come by and nibble often ;)

Mélanie, thanks for the wishes; if you really can't find a child to draw a cake for you, I think you'll just have to do one yourself!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another birthday! Here's to Mia! Happy birthday Mia!

Blogger Taffiny said...

Happy Birthday Mia!

What a lovely poem, filled with so much love. It is great when you can tease (talking about stinky toes) but wrap it up in so much affection, that stinky toes sound like a perfectly wonderful thing to have.

Blogger sognatrice said...

Thanks Maryann! And thanks for visiting!

Taffiny, yes, even stinky toes are cute when they're on such a cute little girl...of course I'm not sure how crazy about the phrase Mia is ;)

Blogger Eileen said...

I can't believe Mia is eight! Where does the time go? Caroline started first grade today! We are getting old, Miss Songatrice : ) At first i wrote your name and then I wasn't sure if that was allowed (I don't know blogging rules) so I changed it. -- Eileen

Blogger sognatrice said...

Eileen, time sure is flying, isn't it? It's almost 6 years since that fateful day when we found out we were lawyers...can't believe it!

Feel free to use my real first name, btw, as it's already been leaked ;)

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