Makes My Heart Smile
November 17, 2016
Since my birthday is right around the corner someone asked me the other day what year I was born. “1987, of course,” I replied. “And next year it will be 1988!” He laughed saying, “You’ve got it down pat.” Yep! There are certain things a gal simply has to stay on top of and verifying her age is one of them. Funny though, I’ve been 29 for so long I often forget my actual age, which further proves age is just a number since I consider each passing birthday an opportunity to be grateful for everything that makes my heart smile!
Lately, my heart has been grinning from ear to ear because I’ve been as giddy as a school girl since I’ve met the most amazing man. He’s everything I’ve ever hoped for…sigh. Knowing someone as genuine as Jerry, I feel truly blessed because he is a kind, honest, witty, happy and humble man. We giggle like teenagers when we’re together and he’s the reason my birthday will be a dream come true this year.
Basking in the warm and fuzzy glow of how wonderful my life has become recently my mind merrily drifts back to my carefree youth. Treasured memories tug at my heart recalling the hours spent listening to Dolly Parton albums my mother played on her phonograph. Growing up with Dolly, Kenny Rogers, Crystal Gayle, Loretta Lynn and so many more country stars singing in the background of my childhood memories…they are still some of my favorite country music artists today. Watching several of their life stories unfold was inspiring as I enjoyed “Coal Miner’s Daughter” about Loretta Lynn’s road to fame and “Walk the Line” about Johnny Cash’s rise, fall, and the love of an amazing woman, June Carter, who helped him realize his priorities and potential.
Plus, the movie “Coat of Many Colors” based on Dolly’s childhood and also one of her hit singles (and one of my favorite songs) is enchanting.
A spunky, headstrong child with faith as grand as the Smoky Mountains where she grew up, Dolly cultivated her childhood dream of stardom at a very tender age. From the time she was old enough to talk she was singing. And from the time she was old enough to sing she wanted to be famous. Researching her career, her accomplishments are staggering. You might not be a fan of country music but surely you’re familiar with Bruce Springsteen. Parton and Springsteen are tied at 46 Grammy nominations each…staggering. Not to mention the plethora of assorted awards she has won.
Known for having such a large…um…personality…rich, famous, beautiful, happy, gracious, and humble are other ways to describe Dolly. I’ve witnessed many interviews and Dolly is always grateful for everything she’s accomplished. In fact, another actress who starred in a movie with Dolly remarked during an interview that they were outside waiting to be called for their scene and it was cold and damp. Everyone was complaining. The actress asked Dolly why she didn’t complain and Dolly said something to the effect, “All my life I wanted to be rich and famous and the good Lord answered my prayers. I’m not going to complain now.” Hearing that made my heart smile.
Seventy years old, and as stunning as ever, I’m as happy as a June bug in a Persian rug Jerry and I will soon be able to count ourselves amongst the many hundreds of thousands who have had the ultimate pleasure of seeing such a music icon as Dolly Parton sing in person. I still have to pinch myself to believe we’re going to see my all-time forever favorite singer. Even asked my handsome cowboy if we should leave early…like Thursday!
Wowzer, best birthday ever! Best boyfriend ever! Best country music singer ever! Best reason to drive around Charlotte looking for a parking space ever! Sigh…’tis a good year to turn 29 again!
Can you imagine...seeing you’re all-time forever favorite singer in person?
Smile, life is grand!