Addy: Let Your Spirit Sing

A few months ago I purchased Addy’s benne candy tin (Pleasant Co) from eBay, and Martin Luther King Jr. Day seems like a good date to revisit this part of Addy’s story.

Words below are from Connie Porter’s book “Happy Birthday, Addy!”  The character M’Dear is an elderly neighbor who encourages Addy to claim a birth date of her own, since she does not know her actual birthday having been born a slave.  The date she chooses is the end of the Civil War.

Momma led Addy to one table, and there at her place was a tin of benne candies from M’Dear.

Addys Birthday Outfit

noexif_IMG_6689_private“You sure did pick a special day for your birthday,” said M’Dear.  “This is from Sunny and me.”

Addy opened the gift to find two of Sunny’s bright yellow feathers tied together with a bow.  Addy held them gently, a bit of bright sunshine in the palm of her hand.

Addy Birthday Benne CAndy“Thank you,” Addy said.  She kissed M’Dear and pinned the feathers in her hair.

Addy Sunny Feathers“Let these remind you to always let your spirit sing out,” said M’Dear.

“I will,” promised Addy. “I will.”



15 thoughts on “Addy: Let Your Spirit Sing

    1. Jen Post author

      Thank you! Occasionally you find things like this separated from the rest of the set for not much money. I think I paid a few dollars plus shipping.


  1. Sunny

    I like M’dear’s bird’s name. 😉
    That benne candy set looks delicious! 😉 I’ve never seen or heard of this set before. The candies kind of remind me a little of pralines. 😉


    1. Jen Post author

      Thank you Jen! I am glad you enjoy. It gives me an excuse to buy the historical items 😉 on eBay. All of the historical books are so rich with special moments.


    1. Jen Post author

      Thank you! This was the first time I was able to get Addy’s snood on her big hair. It’s kind of like dressing a newborn, you just have to try with confidence and no fear!

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  2. jackylina

    I love when you write posts with book snippets. This was short and sweet and great! Have you seen the Civil War drama on PBS called Mercy Street? It’s pretty graphic but the costumes are a-ma-z-ing! Each time I saw a new girl in a hoop skirt dress I kept wishing to have one for Addy.


    1. Jen Post author

      Thank you! I always enjoy giving Addy some good publicity!
      You know, I had seen a promo for that show and thought it looked interesting. I’ll record an episode for when I walk on the treadmill. DH always teases me that I have no attention span for TV series.

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