kids say the darndest things

Pretty Too, Pretty, Ella, Molly – Mother’s Day Brunch

Number One Son and Pretty Too treated Pretty and me for a Mother’s Day brunch at our favorite restaurant Luzianna Purchase this past weekend. When we arrived approximately on time (for us), everyone was seated at the lovely table including two and a half year old Ella who sat at the far end of the table looking very grown up in a regular chair with no booster seat – her head barely visible above the table’s edge. She greeted us with “Daddy is going to order for me. I wouldn’t mind if you brought me Cheetos.” Now why on earth would that child think Pretty and I would have brought Cheetos? Hm.

Brunch was delicious even without Cheetos – luckily Ella discovered New Orleans style beignets were equally yummy.

The adults raved over chocolate truffles, blackened shrimp and grits, Eggs Benedict, French toast and “Mamosas.”

Number One Son and Molly say Brunch a huge success

As we said our farewells in the parking lot with hugs and Happy Mother’s Day wishes, Ella looked down at me from her father’s arms, wagged her finger at me and said out of the blue but clearly from a place of parental admonitions when being sent to her room for an afternoon nap, “Don’t play in your bed, and don’t play with your toys.” I assured her I would do neither.


Thanks for sharing this Mother’s Day adventure with us. Pretty and I appreciate every day with our family but never forget the mothers and children of Ukraine who struggle for survival in unspeakable circumstances, mothers everywhere who struggle with overwhelming grief and loss, daughters who are motherless. May God the Mother grant you comfort and amazing grace.

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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14 Responses to kids say the darndest things

  1. cindy knoke says:

    Ahhhhh……. Such a beautiful family! Love evident all around. So happy for all of you.

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  2. What a lovely gathering! Hope you took Ella’s admonition to heart 😀

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  3. scauburn79 says:

    Happy Mother’s Day to you both! That first picture needs to find a frame and prominent place to display – excellent!

    Cards sooooonnnnn! Nan

    Sent from my iPad


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  4. Anonymous says:

    I am so glad that you have Ella to help you. She is a darling. So is Molly.

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  5. Luanne says:

    Ella is either Pretty Also or Pretty III! Sounds like just my sort of meal esp the shrimp and grits. Don’t play in bed but bring Cheetos. Your new motto.

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  6. Kids are very innocent

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  7. rebroxanna says:

    Went there for the first time yesterday! Definitely lived up to the praise!

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  8. rockyden says:

    This was so nice to see my extended family out there in South Carolina, and the new addition is so so cute. Lovely, thanks for sharing cousin.

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