never play this game after midnight

If you only had two words to describe me, what would they be? I asked Pretty night before last when we were in bed and both still awake after midnight.

The Australian Open began this week – the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of 2023 – my professional tennis addiction would be in full display for the next two weeks. Oh yes, I watch the events “live” on Australia time which means play begins at 7:00 p.m. my time and continues throughout the night until someone (me) is asleep in front of the Telly. Pretty hangs for a while but goes to bed around 10 o’clock. Pretty is a bit of a wuss, Mate.

But I digress. On this particular night the AO had just started, and I wasn’t quite in match shape yet so I had come to bed a little before midnight only to find Pretty up late finishing a book she loved. I took my bedtime meds which tend to make me a little chatty with Pretty who prefers peace and quiet and no bedtime meds if possible. I climbed into bed, got under the covers and for some reason I can’t remember decided to play a two-word game with Pretty who admittedly tried to ignore me at first.

Ok, I said, I know what two words I would use to describe you. Funny and smart. Yep, 100% funny and smart are the two words that come to my mind immediately if you asked me to describe you in just two words. Of course, I have lots of other words, too, but those are the first two words.


Ok, I said, now what are the first two words you would use to describe me?

Hm, Pretty said. Well, of course I would say Funny right off the bat. For sure Funny, but I’m having a little trouble with the second word. I’m trying to think of a second one, but hm…is dogged a word?

Dogged? I asked. Didn’t you mean something like determined?

No, Pretty said. I’d have to say stronger than determined, and she turned a page in the book she was reading.

How about persistent? I tried.

No, definitely not persistent, she replied. Much, much more than persistent, she added.

I continued to run other words past Pretty who never looked up from her book: tenacious? purposeful? focused? resolute? She continued to shake her head with each guess I offered.

No, she said, I’m staying with my original “dogged.”

But you weren’t even sure what that word meant, I protested.

I just remembered, Pretty said. At this point she sighed, closed her book, and reached to turn off her light.

Not to be outdone I looked up “dogged” in my Webster’s Thesaurus today in the bright light of day – the synonym given was “stubborn.”

Point taken. I should have been thankful for Funny – and let it go.


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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10 Responses to never play this game after midnight

  1. Is that a bit like feeding a Gremlin after midnight? 😀


  2. Yea, maybe you should have been thankful for funny and just stopped there, but on the bright side, committed, steadfast, strong-willed, and purposeful are all synonyms too. They all sound pretty virtuous if you ask me! Ha, ha.

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  3. Wayside Artist says:

    I mean, Pretty’s vocabulary is second to none.

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  4. bernard25 says:

    Je t’envoie cette petite poésie

    Pour te souhaiter une bonne journée ou soirée
    Avec beaucoup de délicatesse et de tendresse
    Que chacune des secondes de cette journée ou soirée
    Soit un poème dont la poésie embellit toute chose
    Que ce petit message , vous porte bonheur et vous ouvre les portes
    D’une belle journée. Ensoleillée ou d’une belle soirée toute étoilée

    Bisous Bernard

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  5. bernard25 says:

    Bonjour mon AMIE

    Chaque jour est un nouveau chapitre de la vie

    Il nous apporte de nouvelles énigmes à résoudre

    Vis chaque instant avec passion afin d’écrire la plus belle des histoires

    Que cette journée t’apporte le sourire et remplir ton cœur de bonheur

    Agréable journée à toi et ceux de ton entourage

    Bise AMICALE Bernard


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