The Cutest Kid in the World

Peeking on FlickrI never knew how awesome having a kid could be.

Sure, it’s a lot of work, but I probably make it even more labor intensive than it has to be because I just enjoy being with Pasqualina so darn much.

My baby goat and I go for long walks at least once a day so she can forage for lots of greens.

I stay with her for quite a while after giving her the bottle–she likes to sleep in my arms afterwards for at least five minutes or so.

I just love watching her chew on hay or barley or my sweater sleeve (she only gets a few nibbles before being scolded).

Mangia mangia on FlickrShe’s adorable even when she’s stubborn and resists coming along behind me on our walks. I just drop the leash, keep walking, and a few seconds later I hear the clomp, clomp, clomp of Pasqualina catching up.

And I miss her terribly when she’s not in sight, and especially overnight.

Is it any wonder that this is my new wallpaper on the computer (although the colors are really better in the original)?

Just chewing on Flickr

Click to see it wallpaper size, and feel free to copy and make it your wallpaper if you’d like to have a little Pasqualina in your life too.

Because how can you be sad, angry, frustrated, etc., when you have the cutest kid in the world smiling back at you?

Che sorriso! on Flickr

45 Beans of Wisdom to “The Cutest Kid in the World”
  1. Gil

    Looks like all you have to do is get your new kid house broken and you’ll have a live in companion to aggravate the pooches! She sure is getting cuter by the day!

    She’s funny that she actually seems to *prefer* going to the bathroom in the cantina…oh well 😉

  2. 03.09.2009

    It sounds like you’re smitten. And she also sounds like a real kid, especially her stubbornness and running after you when you don’t give in to her “capr”icci. Too bad I can’t let my kids forage for greens. Would make life a lot easier. Hey, are the dogs jealous yet.

    milanese masala’s last blog post..Eating guitar strings

    The dogs enjoy being with her, actually, although yes, they do like to snuggle up to me more when Pasqualina is around too 😉

  3. Your kid is too cute for words. Are there other kids in the neighborhood for her to play with?

    nyc/caribbean ragazza’s last blog post..Fontana dell’Acqua on Gianicolo Hill

    There are lots (including her biological family) but they live a bit further into the hills…we can often see them roaming around but for now, her herd consists of two doggies 😉

  4. Christina

    Oh Michelle she’s just precious! I tried to comment on your first post about her, but something didn’t work. I LOVE that you walk her on a leash, so cute! The photos of her made me smile, look forward to more pictures.

    Christina’s last blog post..Thankful

    Glad you’re enjoying the Pasqualina adventure…me too 🙂

  5. 03.09.2009

    She is adorable. It must really be hard to say goodbye to her at night.

    girasoli’s last blog post..“space”~ PhotoHunt

    Especially since she cries 🙁

  6. 03.09.2009

    What a sweetie! Hmmm we’re thinking of getting two wire-haired bassottos, wonder how the condo would feel about us adding a kid to the family.

    Willym’s last blog post..Lunedi Lunacy

    Hah, I’d love to see their faces 😉

  7. 03.09.2009

    Sognatrice, it has been too long. Last I looked it was Stella stealing your heart (and mine). But what a welcome back from gorgeous little Pasqualina.

    african vanielje’s last blog post..When is a pork pie kosher?

    Hah, always a new furry friend it seems…so nice to see you here 🙂

  8. 03.09.2009

    She is adorable…

    Susan’s last blog post..I have been MIA

    Thanks Susan; nice to “see” you 🙂

  9. 03.09.2009

    Oh my! That face is just begging for cuddles! A-dorable!

    Valerie’s last blog post..Buona Festa della Donna!

    I think I enjoy the cuddles more than she does, but she’s still small, so she doesn’t have much of a choice 😉

  10. 03.09.2009

    She looks so sweet and playful. Does she keep the grass down too? My husband keeps saying we need one so he doesn’t have to mow the lawn, but they don’t allow farm animals in the yards where we live.

    Ciaochowlinda’s last blog post..Stinco di Vitello (Veal Shin Roast)

    I’m sure she would. We walk her all around so she can find grasses she likes, so her “work” isn’t focused in just one spot right now 😉

  11. 03.09.2009

    She seems like she enjoys having her picture taken – all those adorable poses and expressions. And I, too, enjoy the fact that you leash-walk her. It’s going to be fun watching her grow up here!


    shibori girl’s last blog post..What’s Cooking Sunday: Light Chicken Parmesan

    She really does seem to enjoy the camera…such a ham 😉

  12. 03.09.2009

    oooh, she just makes me itch for a goat-hug – that little half-smile just slays me!

    anna l’americana’s last blog post..The future of America….

    Goat hugs rock! Who knew?!

  13. carol

    Michelle, she’s just adorable. You said you hold her while feeding……exactly how *small* is she? Do you know what her weight is? It’s hard to get a sense of her size, because there’s nothing in the photos to compare her with…….too cute for words.

    I don’t know what she weighs, but it’s probably about the same as Stella…definitely under 10 kilos. Her head comes about up to my knee when she’s standing…but she’s growing every day!

  14. 03.09.2009

    She is too cute. I’m curious, how “big” is she? Better yet, what do Stella and Luna think? Any sibling rivalry?

    Minnie’s last blog post..Thank You Waters, for Your Uncanny Ability to Part

    Stella and Luna are intrigued, molto…they love to try to play with her but Pasqualina is still a bit skittish around them.

  15. Tina


    I bet you can find some cuties in Argentina….

  16. 03.09.2009

    She really is the cutest kid in the world. I missed the part of how you came to be her mama, though. Do tell. And where does she stay overnight?

    She sleeps in the cantina where P’s dad used to keep rabbits. We got her as a gift when her mommy couldn’t feed all the kids (3) 🙂

  17. 03.09.2009

    Totally adorable!

    Aimee’s last blog post..Sweet Shoppe: Studio Jk

    Thanks Aimee 🙂

  18. 03.09.2009

    My 2-year old son is sitting on my lap as I’m reading your post and he too is loving the cutest kid in the world! How adorable! We had a ewe in Greece one summer my uncle had brought over to us, which my sisters befriended immediately–her name in Greek was Paschalitsa!

    Maria’s last blog post..Garides me Ntomata kai Leuko Krasi / Shrimp with Cherry Tomatoes and White Wine

    CUTE! Glad your little one is enjoying Pasqualina too 🙂

  19. Beth

    So, so cute!

    Thanks Beth 🙂

  20. Sandy

    What a kid – she is adorable!!

    Thanks Sandy 🙂

  21. 03.09.2009

    ahh i love it! i bet if she could type she’d blog about she has “The Best Mom in the World”

    Eryn’s last blog post..Cupcake Coma!

    Aw thanks, although she won’t be too pleased with me as we start to wean….

  22. 03.09.2009

    She’s working an adorable little underbite in the last photo. That’s also a fierce catwalk pose.

    Definitely fierce 😉

  23. 03.09.2009

    I like the last photo. I think it shows somew personality and kinda looks like she’s smiling!

    jmisgro’s last blog post..Moviestar Boyfriends

    I *love* her smirk 🙂

  24. 03.09.2009

    What an adorable face! I’d be in love with her too! I hope she’s just going to be used for her milk someday.

    Pat’s last blog post..Katz’s Delicatessen ~ Where Harry Met Sally

    Indeed, Pat. Don’t worry!

  25. 03.09.2009

    Siiiiiiiiii! Adorable 😀
    A beautiful post Michelle!

    Núria’s last blog post..Red Peppers Babel’s Tower

    Glad you enjoyed 🙂

  26. 03.09.2009

    What a little Love! She is adorable. Baci to you all!

    Baci back at all of you, Amber 🙂

  27. 03.09.2009

    Oh my, I’m in love. She is adorable.

    Thanks Vee 🙂

  28. 03.09.2009

    ooooooh, she’s precious!
    can i steal her? 🙂

    odessa’s last blog post..hello spring!

    You’re welcome to come and steal a few petties….

  29. Lizzie

    Awwww, she is super cute. I want one :0) She is very lucky to have such a lovely owner!

    I think we’re happy to have found each other 🙂

  30. 03.09.2009

    You can find companionship everywhere! A friend of mine has pack goats and they are very loyal. They follow her around hiking, and she absolutely adores them.

    Oh how cute! They are wonderful animals 🙂

  31. 03.10.2009

    She can’t get any cuter!! OH my!

    Jennifer H.’s last blog post..I Heard Spring Arriving

    I’m with you Jennifer 🙂

  32. 03.10.2009

    She is just too cute. I bet if you had gotten her at the beginning of winter she’d be in the house w/you, P, Luna, & Stella.

    Ice Tea For Me’s last blog post..and the winner is…

    If it were up to me, she’d definitely be in the house, but then I’m a crazy American 😉

  33. 03.10.2009

    Oh, I want a kid so badly! I can just imagine making goat’s cheese….mmm. And she’s so cute!

    Kalee’s last blog post..Weekend Weariness

    I’m *really* looking forward to cheese days….

  34. Oh man, she is adorable. Look at those eyelashes.

    When I was a kid (ha!), the neighbors had several goats. I used to feed them maple leaves just to watch them eat.

    They really are just so cute when they’re eating 🙂

  35. 03.10.2009

    I’m in love.

    (And you’re making me think again about keeping goats. I’ll follow these stories with interest, but the only space I’ve got for one has been earmarked for chickens – you can’t go for a walk with a chicken, though- mmm!)

    casalba’s last blog post..Pollo alla Cacciatora

    Time to look for more space…. 😉

  36. I have never seen a kid cuter than yours! Ever! She’s so darn adorable! Lovely photos you took of her!

    Thanks Grace; I’m glad you’re enjoying her too 🙂

  37. 03.10.2009

    OMG, she is SO amazingly adorable! She makes my heart melt looking at her 🙂

    She’s really a sweetheart, Janet. I just fed her and she stood just really close to my legs relaxing for about ten minutes while I read a book. Gaaaah!

  38. 03.11.2009

    She is very tempting as a destination/vacation choice.

    Judith in Umbria’s last blog post..Ooops and double that

    Hee hee….

  39. Michele

    Are the neighbors making fun of you Michelle? Only the Americans would understand your infatuation! The pics are so great, keep taking them and posting!

    The ones that have said anything to me seem to think my affection is rather sweet…one older woman stopped me the other day and asked, “Voi siete appassionati degli animali no?” Hah, yeah, you could say that 😉

  40. 03.12.2009

    That kid’s a real cutie!!

    Anali’s last blog post..Which Way?

    Thanks 🙂

  41. 03.12.2009

    This is the cutest thing I have read in a long time! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    Rosa’s last blog post..Barefoot Bloggers … Chicken Piccata

    Glad you enjoyed Rosa 🙂

  42. 03.12.2009


    casalba’s last blog post..Pollo alla Cacciatora

    Is this you still thinking of goats? 😉

  43. 03.13.2009

    Sweetest photos of a goat I have ever seen. I don’t think I would let her out of my site either. A beauty.

    Thotlady’s last blog post..PATH

    Thanks Thotlady! Nice to “see” you 🙂

  44. 03.14.2009

    Ohhh…I want a kid too! I told bel ragazzo that when we move to Calabria I want 1) a donkey 2) a goat 3) a sheep 4) a dog 5) a fat cat 6) maybe some other animals BUT then he said he would have to eat my animals off spring and that I couldn’t just keep them for pets! (Well he is not going to eat 4 or 5 and I hope not 1…or 2 or 3….) So we will wait and see….your kid is just so cute and I am sure once someone sees something like that face to face they could never imagine eating it 🙂

    Leanne’s last blog post..Winter is summer in the Canary Islands

    Hah, eating the offspring is *so* not happening here either…hope you get to start moving on your house project soon. I’m sure it’ll take a while 😉

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Michelle KaminskyMichelle Kaminsky is an American attorney-turned-freelance writer who lived in her family's ancestral village in Calabria, Italy for 15 years. This blog is now archived. 

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