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Marsha Tennant

A Surprise for Tiddles

By Marsha Tennant

There was snow on the ground, a chill in the air and Tiddles was snug in her stall on that Christmas Eve. My daughter, Alice, belonged to a Pony Club and they were excited that a new foal would soon be on the way. Just like a similar scenario thousands of years before, the exact […]

Cinder’s Christmas

By Marsha Tennant

Cinder's Christmas

Christmas and canines just seem to go together. A puppy wearing a big red bow, bounding around the Christmas tree, is a familiar image. It reminds us of the joy and childlike delight we experience at this time of the year. In my family, however, the pup had oversized paws, could not run without falling […]

My Two State Wedding

By Marsha Tennant

My Two State Wedding

The story I am about to share is the truth, whole truth and nothing but the truth…so help me God! My nuptials, in April 1969, took place in two states, in one afternoon. My husband, Randy, and I started our journey in Norfolk, Virginia, and ended it in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. We had the […]

The Littlest Angel

By Marsha Tennant

The Littlest Angel

My most treasured Christmas present that Santa ever left me was a doll. I remember it as though it was yesterday, and it became one of the family stories we would tell from year to year. Those memories linked the holidays like garland wrapped around the tree. There have been funny stories as well as […]

An Unexpected Gift

By Marsha Tennant

An Unexpected Gift

“Teacher says, every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.” – It’s a Wonderful Life, 1946 Good things come in small packages, and angels come when least expected. The Christmas of 1969 my husband, Randy, and I met our little angel and received a most unexpected gift. He arrived when we needed a […]

In My Easter Bonnet

By Marsha Tennant

In My Easter Bonnet

In the South, Easter Sunday is serious business. I will admit that it has gone through changes and transformations in styles and attitudes. What we wear for this day of resurrection and rebirth requires planning and strategic shopping. Some families still shop at the same stores (if the stores survived) or purchase the same labels. […]

A Downtown Christmas

By Marsha Tennant

A Downtown Christmas

When I was a child Christmas presented itself two weeks before the big day. Not one day sooner. My parents would bundle up the family in the green Packard, and we would head downtown Portsmouth, Virginia, for the lighting of the tree and illuminating of the lights. The arrival of Santa was the highlight at […]

My Family Table

By Marsha Tennant

My Family Table

In my childhood, the table…usually the kitchen table…was the heart and soul of the family. It was the gathering place for everyone to come together and share a daily meal, a birthday or holiday. Each event was highlighted with a favorite dish. I loved fresh coconut cake for my birthday, pecan pie for Christmas and […]

Sittin’ Still Time

By Marsha Tennant

Sittin' Still Time

My grandmother used to tell me that getting up in the early morning was a necessity on the farm, but it was also her “sittin’ still time” with God and the chickens. She put a great deal of stock in the wisdom of both. She would talk to God and run her concerns by the […]

Crayola Red Prom

By Marsha Tennant

Crayola Red Prom

The crayola red chiffon and taffeta formal framed the department store window. It hung on the headless model with an attitude. The heart-shaped bodice radiated boldness and beckoned me with a dare. I was the girl for that dress. There was no doubt that the moment was fate. My mom and I were supposed to […]

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