easter birthdays, shanghai, champagne and family

My birthday this year is on Easter Sunday, April the 21st. I was born on an Easter Sunday in 1946 and my birthday has been on Easter Sunday one other time in 1957 when I was eleven years old. Get this, the next time April 21 is on an Easter Sunday is 2030. Eleven years from now, right? I find that weird, but apparently some kind of sun cycles occur at 11-year intervals every 62 years. Whatever. The End.

Earlier this week three special friends came over to play Shanghai to kick off my birthday week, and a fun time of laughter andย  luck made the time pass too quickly. Congratulations to our winner War Eagle Nan who consistently has good luck, Donna and Robin’s luck was so-so and they were able to pay Nan on the spot, but Pretty had bad luck. Poor Pretty had to venmo her losses to Nan. I was a close second to Nan who graciously forgave my 99 cents since I was the birthday girl after all.

My gifts included two bottles of champagne which are now down to one – we popped the cork and three of us drank one bottle that afternoon. I cannot lie. I was one of the three. I also received a delicious butter pound cake with the two sauces pictured above. Unfortunately, the pound cake was not available for the picture. Again, I cannot lie. Pretty has not had one bite of the pound cake.

Last, but not least, I also was given this lovely bogonia which has the most beautiful blossom colors – I love them. They remind me of the hope that springs eternal in this season.

This Easter and 73rd. birthday I will be with Pretty and other family members in the home that will soon have new sights and sounds with the arrival of a baby daughter in October. Our family will have much to celebrate as we eat the delicious food while we talk books, politics, sports and our new favorite topic: babies.

The hope of the resurrection of Jesus in the New Testament is, I believe, the experience of redemption we all are offered every day when we forgive each other our trespasses, speak truth to power and practice kindness as our highest calling.

Stay tuned.





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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22 Responses to easter birthdays, shanghai, champagne and family

  1. scauburn79 says:

    Love your story, as always! But especially happy we made the news! ๐Ÿ˜œ. It was a fabulously fun afternoon! ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ‘ Happy birthday and Happy Easter! He is risen! He is risen indeed! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ

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  2. You deserve nothing but amazing birthday weeks. Nothing better than alcohol, cake, and flowers. Iโ€™m going to use this as my milestone birthday celebration inspiration this summer. Oh, and babies rock, too.

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  3. candidkay says:

    It sounds like a wonderful birthday week! I hope the celebration continues . . . Happy Birthday and Happy Easter!

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  4. Luanne says:

    Happy birthday!!! Happy Easter!!! Wow that is so strange about the dates! Pound cake and champagne go great together!

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  5. Wayside Artist says:

    Happy Birthday!
    Happy Easter!
    Enjoy the libations, delectables, and conversations.
    And finally, AMEN!!

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  6. Thom Hickey says:

    Many congratulation. May you have a blessed day in all senses. Regards Thom

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  8. Dawne Kimbrell says:

    Happy happy Birthday Sheila, Glorious way to kick off the celebration. Vicarious enjoyment of your pond cake and champagne here. Joy and all good wishes for many happy returns no matter if it is not on Easter. Dawne

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  9. Tina Schell says:

    Wow, every 11 years whether you need it or not – how fun is that?!?!? Happy Birthday and Happy Easter – AND a baby on the way. What could be better than all that?!

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