Nana, is your birthday over yet?

Yes, Nana a/k/a Pretty had a birthday party on her birthday Sunday, May 21st. at Drew and Caroline’s house where she had the best time! Three-year-old Ella and sixteen-month-old Molly love a birthday party, too so they had almost as much fun as their Nana did. Caroline’s twin sister Chloe and her husband Seth brought nine-month-old Caleb to add to the festivities; Naynay (me) was the official photographer. Viewer discretion is advised!

Nana holds Caleb while Ella explains a birthday gift beside her

Molly said you’re my Nana, hold me

Yummy! Yummy! Yummy!

Nana needed help opening her gifts

Nana and Ella danced to the music Uncle Seth had Alexa play:

the Beatles singing When I’m 64 (which is Nana’s birthday next year)

Daddy and Mama brought cake while everyone sang Happy Birthday!

Molly was her happiest when birthday cake was served

(Ella prefers the icing just like her Nana)

This is my cousin Caleb

he’s a boy

Uncle Seth brough a picture of his great-great grandmother

(she walked the Trail of Tears from North Carolina to Texas – fascinating)

Late in the afternoon when the table was cleared, music stopped, cake had gone to overload mode, Ella asked “Nana, is your birthday over?”

Nana said, “Almost – it will be over when you go to sleep tonight and wake up tomorrow morning, but thank you for my wonderful party!”

Tomorrow became today, and Nana’s birthday was over so she woke up early to go to work in her antique empire, but will she forget her birthday party…not anytime soon. Maybe she will carry these memories all the way until next year “When She’s 64.”

I have been blessed to share Pretty’s birthdays for twenty-two years, but even more I share her values, world view, love of family, kindness, sorrows, and joys every day. Our family has grown over the years, thanks to Drew and Caroline – the new additions have been a bonus I never expected – they are the true icing on our cake.


Slava Ukraini. Remember the children there and at our own borders. Bless them.

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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8 Responses to Nana, is your birthday over yet?

  1. Wayside Artist says:

    Happy Birthday, Pretty! I prefer the icing too. Icing haters know how to ruin a good time!!
    Sending love to Pretty, you and your gorgeous family

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  2. Luanne says:

    Happy birthday to T!!! Not only are the kids adorable in these pix, but in every photo Nana is glowing and beaming!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. cindy knoke says:

    Happy Birthday to Pretty! Adorable grandchildren.

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  4. You two do have the best birthdays! What splendid company too 😀

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    • The children love any excuse for a party – huge incentive to do birthday parties!!
      Drew did our family a huge favor when he married Caroline who brought a wonderful twin sister and well, you can see how the family continues to multiply.
      Do you think I could have ever imagined this happiness when I was growing up in rural Texas? The answer is no. How lucky for this splendid company. Thank you for being part of our story.


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