Cielito Lindo

De la Sierra Morena 
cielito lindo, vienen bajando,
Un par de ojitos negros,
cielito lindo, de contrabando.

Ese lunar que tienes,
cielito lindo, junto a la boca,
No se lo des a nadie,
cielito lindo, que a mí me toca 

Cielito Lindo has been sung to me all my life because I have a lunar junto a mi boca (dos!). Legend goes, my Tia Chaparra passed hers onto me when I was born and she gave newborn Cristina a kiss. Oti has the same lunar <3. 

I have an obsession with madrugada serenades. This comes from a childhood that didn't allow kids to handle the remote control.  One day I'll be woken up by a man singing with mariachi on my front yard, actually I prefer a trio. If he's really brilliant, it'll be with Eva Ybarra on the accordion.  Note to self to start investing in effortless silk kimonos so I can peek out of the window looking extra fly. It's a shame I don't have two story house with a balcony, though. God, I hope Yoshimoto behaves himself. 

Once upon a time my sister, Laura, learned this on on her guitar for me. All the way from South Korea!  I got a midnight phone call on my birthday and she sung it as she fumbled through strings. It was the sweetest gift I've ever received. Laura has always made the greatest effort to make me feel special, make me feel loved, make me feel supported. Even when we are at each other's throats, and that has been many a time, I've always known she is one of my greatest supporters and one of my greatest loves. 

Today I'm wishing that Laura starts planning a trip home for the holidays, I want her HERE wrapped in a big red bow. I miss my sister so much, probably more than when she lived a million miles away. Funny enough, she's not all that far now and I miss her more than ever. Phone calls are easier, texts are frequent, and she is constantly helping me navigate this life-- but I can't wait til she's here and we're sitting on my porch talking about anything and everything. 
Te hecho de menos, pecosita :(