Alycia Augusta Mesiti-Allen Defined: Beauty, strength, intelligence, perseverance, feist-iness, definace toward every wrong. As some show their hearts on their sleeves, you showed yours in how you lived. Your smile, eyes, and exuberance! The way you played movement in who you were. Born an artist, you gave constantly. You knew yourself, and believed yourself worthy of any endeavor. You were taken before the world had the chance to receive you; but you, my sweet and beloved daughter, were always received within the hearts that truly held you and hold you still. Mom, Daniel, Elena, Uncle Mike, Aunt Christina and Uncle Edwin, Cristian, Emilie, Hannah, Grandma, Grandpa, Great Uncle Mike, Aunt Berta. November 8, 1991 - 18 today.
Published in San Jose Mercury News on Nov. 8, 2009.