boys and girls together

Finn, Oscar, Dwight, George – these are the names of the most important men in my life for the last nine years. I know for sure the number of years because Finn turned nine years old in November, Dwight will be nine this month, and I’ve known them both since they were new arrivals to the Snyder family in South Carolina and the Huss family in Texas respectively. Oscar, Dwight’s older brother, at eleven years old is the eldest of the Fabulous Huss Brothers of Worsham Street in Texas; George, the youngest Huss brother, is now seven.

Oscar, Dwight and George in April, 2014

(photo courtesy of their mother, Councilwoman Becky Huss)

Pretty holding Finn in April, 2011

Since my experience with infants becoming babies becoming children has been exclusively with boys, I admit to a certain trepidation when we found out our first grandchild was going to be a girl – a baby girl who is now three months old, a baby girl Pretty and I babysit two days a week while both her parents go to work.

granddaughter Ella today (01-11-2020)

(photo courtesy her mother Caroline)

I adore the men in my life – I always will – but boys, watch out.

Girls rock.

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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8 Responses to boys and girls together

  1. Wayside Artist says:

    I can’t believe how much older the boys are. My goodness, time flies!!
    Whether boys or girls, they’re all precious.

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  2. cindy knoke says:

    What terrible thing happens to people, when they stop being children.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Anonymous says:

    My empathy vib is right there with you. My son and daughter-in-law’s only child is a girl. She’s all in for American Girl and Frozen 2 so she’s easy to buy for. Alas, unfortunately, it looks like she missed the gay gene.

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  4. Watch out indeed! We have the opposite experience with our connected small people being mostly girls — we certainly don’t complain about that!

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