Ella James, today is your NanaT’s birthday, and you are her greatest gift…


Once upon a time your NanaT visited a faraway place called Greece, and she loved that place very much. One night she was going out to eat the yummy Greek food with your NanaSlo and their friends because the yummy Greek food was one of her favorite attractions while she visited the faraway place.

On their walk to get  the yummy Greek food, a little white dog appeared on the steps in front of your NanaT.  The little white dog was very dirty with curly fur that had not been combed for a long, long time.

Your NanaT stopped to sit on a large stone next to the steps. And can you guess what she did next?

She petted the little white dog for a long time, gave it one of her best smiles and then followed the little dog home to make sure it wasn’t lost.

The End

This story has a moral for you, Ella James. Your NanaT has always believed in rescuing both people and animals in distress. As you grow older, you will most assuredly see her strength and determination to make your world a better place in action. You are a very lucky little girl. Imagine the love your NanaT will give you, her special granddaughter, if she made a place in her heart for a little white dog in a faraway place.

Happy Birthday, Pretty – thank you for rescuing me twenty years ago – you’re simply the best.

Pretty’s Greatest Gift

Stay safe, stay sane and 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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13 Responses to Ella James, today is your NanaT’s birthday, and you are her greatest gift…

  1. Wayside Artist says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone so wreathed in brilliant smiles as Teresa around your granddaughter. ❤️
    Happy Birthday, Nana T!!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. cindy knoke says:

    I see life filled with light and hope. Happy Birthday Nana T!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. barrym25909 says:

    Happy birthday Nana T, age with massive grace.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Marsha Gregorich says:

    Oh those wonderful grandchildren Something special about the first one. Love the magic of her beautiful light. Have a wonderful Birthday!


    • Thanks so much, Marsha!! Pretty has had a wonderful birthday week and hopefully will keep it going outside Saturday if the weather cooperates. Her dad and sister are coming to see her, or uh, that’s what they say. There’s no doubt who will be the star, though. 🙂 The first grandchild!


  5. Luanne says:

    What a beautiful piece. XO

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Dawne Kimbrell says:

    This is a lovely tribute to a lovely woman. Ella is a blessed little girl. Happy birthday to her beautiful grandmother.

    Liked by 1 person

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