in case you missed it – yesterday was January 6th.

On January 06, 2021 I watched the desecration of my nation’s house, felt horrified and saddened beyond measure at a reality television show produced, directed, and starring the former president of the far from united states – a man who confused firing an apprentice in a make believe office on television with the real life responsibilities of our oval office.

I timed my morning walk yesterday to be sure I returned to hear President Biden’s comments on the first anniversary of the January 06th. insurrection at our nation’s Capitol. He was scheduled for 9 o’clock our time, and I walked through our kitchen door at 8:55 a.m.

Vice President Kamala Harris and President Joe Biden took their places at a podium erected for them in the middle of the US Capitol’s Statuary Hall – my mind immediately raced to the images of the rioters in that hall last year, the people I witnessed trespassing through this very space the year before following their breach of security to illegally gain entrance to this building that belonged to all Americans, the chants of where’s Nancy, hang Mike Pence haunted me still…

But both Vice President Harris and President Biden reminded me that, although our democracy sustained a gash like the broken windows in the Capitol on that day, the people we fairly elected conducted the people’s business on our behalf in the people’s house that day. The transfer of power had been neither peaceful nor pretty, but democracy held firm; the legitimate electors were certified according to the constitution.

Yesterday afternoon Pretty and I picked up our two year old granddaughter after her preschool. The heaviness I felt in my morning’s memories was magically transformed to joy in Ella’s delight with a camellia she picked from a shrub full of pink wonders.

flower, she said

yes, I said, its a flower called a camellia

Teesa, do you think Naynay really knows what this is?

I can smell this, Naynay – why did you say camellias don’t smell?

I love camellias

Camellias are wonderful, Sweet, but wait until I talk to you about democracy.


Stay safe, stay saner, please get vaccinated, boosted, and please 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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7 Responses to in case you missed it – yesterday was January 6th.

  1. Wayside Artist says:

    I love camellias too. Thank goodness for little children and flowers. They bring life and color into our dark adult world.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. cindy knoke says:

    She’s well!!!! She looks wonderful!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thanks, Cindy – yes, we are thrilled that she tested negative twice this week before returning to school Tuesday! I have to say she is still definitely not herself but has bounced back remarkably. Pretty Too is now 3 weeks from Molly’s debut and feels really good except for normal “almost” there aches and pains. Number One Son is back at work this week so the little family is grateful for your loving concerns. As are Pretty and I who have sniffles but both of us tested negative again yesterday.
      We send hugs and love from across the country in South Carolina where I spotted more geese overhead on one of my morning walks this week…flying in formation, of course.


  3. She’s going to have the best teacher.

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  4. Luanne says:

    THe world has grown sooooo heavy!!! But to see it through Ella’s eyes is a miracle.

    Liked by 1 person

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