twas the week before Christmas…

and all through the house just one creature was stirring, for sure not a mouse.

The colorful papers were wrapped into shape by Pretty whose hands never made a mistake.

Her gifts were bought with the greatest of care throughout the year from here, there and everywhere

But now came the question that brought such a fright amidst wrapping papers in the morn’s early light:

What on earth did I do with all of those gifts for 2022?


Meanwhile, I offer support without stirring in front of the fire but cheering on Pretty whose care I admire.

Ok. That’s enough. Somebody stop me. The Grinch in me is done.


Pretty has always been the heart of our holidays.

Pretty at Christmas on Canterbury in 2012

Slava Ukraini. For the children.

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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6 Responses to twas the week before Christmas…

  1. Wayside Artist says:

    Merry Christmas my friends!!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. cindy knoke says:

    Merry Christmas! ๐Ÿ””๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ…๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ„

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Phew, you nearly got run over by that one ๐Ÿ˜ Wishing you all the very best of times. Much love and laughter and lots and lots of wonderful presents! xAx

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    • Thank you so very much and back at ya!
      Felt bad for your French team Sunday – very close!
      Our little girls are out from preschool for two weeks! We will have our hands full…but for sure lots of laughter supplied by Ella who never hesitates to say Naynay, I am not talking to you. I’m talking to Nana.
      She loves to say that!!


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