September 13, 2011

She's An Eagle When She Flies

So much of who I am and hope to be is thanks to my beautiful Mom.

Today is her 61st birthday (wait, was that supposed to be a secret?). When I think of Mom, of everything I love about her, it's best summed up by the lyrics of Dolly Parton's Eagle When She Flies. Dolly most have known my mama or someone just as dear.

The lyrics:

She's been there, God knows, she's been there
She has seen and done it all
She's a woman, she know how to
Dish it out or take it all
Her heart's as soft as feathers
Still she weathers stormy skies
And she's a sparrow when she's broken
But she's an eagle when she flies

A kaleidoscope of colors
You can toss her around and round
You can keep her in you vision
But you'll never keep her down
She's a lover, she's a mother
She's a friend and she's a wife
And she's a sparrow when she's broken
But she's an eagle when she flies

Gentle as the sweet magnolia
Strong as steel, her faith and pride
She's an everlasting shoulder
She's the leaning post of life
She hurts deep and when she weeps
She's just as fragile as a child
And she's a sparrow when she's broken
But she's an eagle when she flies

She's a sparrow when she's broken
But she's an eagle when she flies
Oh, bless her, Lord
She's an eagle when she flies

Happy Birthday, Mama!

Mom and I at our Lifetime taping... adding to the memories.


Kate @ Teaching What Is Good said...

Happy birthday to your Mom! You are both so very beautiful! Tell her she doesn't look 61! ;-D

F.E. Sewell said...

What a sweet birthday message to your mom! Dolly always has the perfect thing to say!

Corinne said...

What a beautiful message for your mom. But wait! 61? No way!! You both look like you make a great team.

Tia Bach said...

Kate, You will be Mom's new best friend. I'll definitely pass along your comment!

F.E., I definitely agree, never hurts to have some Dolly Parton in your life. ;-)

Corinne, Mom and I did a lot of growing up together. She's one of my best friends. Don't know what I'd do without her, and hope my girls feel the same way about me someday!

Thanks for stopping by!

Anonymous said...

I am humbled and very appreciative. I love you!


lisa said...

Happy Birthday to your mom! What a beautiful post! Oh and I seriously hope that I look half that good by the time I turn 61!!!


Tia Bach said...

Mama, I love you. I just wish I could have spent the day with you!

Lisa, You are so sweet. I'll be sure to pass along to Mom. I feel gifted in the gene department, that's for sure.

Shannon Breen said...

Aw, Happy Birthday to Mom! What a lovely lady.

Anonymous said...

Laura says:

Sending Angela lots of happy thoughts and a "Joyeux Anniversaire" from across the ocean!

Tia Bach said...

Thanks, Shannon!

Laura, you are so dear. Thanks. I heard a new term the other day that applies to you... you're my sister from another mister!

Barbara V. Evers said...

What a wonderful tribute to your Mom. She's bless to have a daughter like you.

BTW, I'm tagging you. Here's the link with the info:

Tia Bach said...

Barbara, Thanks, you are so sweet. There were days during the teenage years she would have begged to differ with you. I'm trying to remember that as I'm raising my own daughters.

And thanks for the tag... I'll get to it soon. Enjoyed yours!

Joan Lambert Bailey said...

How lovely!

Tia Bach said...

Thanks, Joan. My mom inspires me, and I feel blessed to have her.