Waiting for Pretty


And so we’re waiting for Pretty to get home…at least we know she’ll be here before too long. It’s not like she’s in Florida or anywhere like that.

She’s always so busy – going thither and yon – with her business mogul self…and her empire of three antique booths scattered around the area in West Columbia, Prosperity, and Little Mountain.

Plus today she took some of her treasures to another exotic place called Roundabouts which is way, way out in the northeast side of Columbia. Honestly, Pretty has plenty of irons in the fire at all times.

No wonder we have to wait for her to settle down and come home. Sigh.

She’s worth the wait, though.


About Sheila Morris

Sheila Morris is a personal historian, essayist with humorist tendencies, lesbian activist, truth seeker and speaker in the tradition of other female Texas storytellers including her paternal grandmother. In December, 2017, the University of South Carolina Press published her collection of first-person accounts of a few of the people primarily responsible for the development of LGBTQ organizations in South Carolina. Southern Perspectives on the Queer Movement: Committed to Home will resonate with everyone interested in LGBTQ history in the South during the tumultuous times from the AIDS pandemic to marriage equality. She has published five nonfiction books including two memoirs, an essay compilation and two collections of her favorite blogs from I'll Call It Like I See It. Her first book, Deep in the Heart: A Memoir of Love and Longing received a Golden Crown Literary Society Award in 2008. Her writings have been included in various anthologies - most recently the 2017 Saints and Sinners Literary Magazine. Her latest book, Four Ticket Ride, was released in January, 2019. She is a displaced Texan living in South Carolina with her wife Teresa Williams and their dogs Spike, Charly and Carl. She is also Naynay to her two granddaughters Ella and Molly James who light up her life for real. Born in rural Grimes County, Texas in 1946 her Texas roots still run wide and deep.
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8 Responses to Waiting for Pretty

  1. Luanne says:

    They do look impatient. I wonder who is most impatient of all: the one behind the camera and those in front haha. Wow, 3 booths. She must love it. Does she specialize in certain types of things or doodads in general?

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    • She has furniture, “smalls” as they say in the business – and whatever else strikes her fancy…which is easily struck!! 🙂

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      • Luanne says:

        What exactly does “smalls” mean? Does she like household stuff like china or knicknacks or does she like old snuff cans or tools? You know what I mean? Does she just choose from all the categories of whatever she likes? Other than dolls haha I like the stuff that people really used more so than little Chinese or Dutch children figurines, if that makes sense. I do remember that my grandmother had a salt and pepper shaker collection years ago. I wonder if those pieces are all split up and part of other collections today.

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      • “Smalls” are apparently everything under the sun except furniture and books which she also sells out of her personal collection which numbers in the “large” range! 🙂
        She always has salt and pepper shakers available, too!!


      • Luanne says:

        Wow, she collects everything!!! I guess she figures she will find a buyer for anything that appeals to her. I love the large range haha. I know what that is like (the gardener collects, of course). I am always wanting to dump my collections.

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      • Please, please, please never tell Pretty you are interested in dumping your collections!! 🙂

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      • Luanne says:

        The gardener would freak if I tried to unload so much as a doll.

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  2. Hey kiddos, she’ll be back, once she’s built the next piece of her business empire 😀


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