Thursday, January 10

Happy Birthday HNT

It's raining tonight. The weather is cool, but not cold. Just enough to need a sweater and a fire in the fireplace.

I was born at 5:23 AM in Ohio. That night was not so warm. My parents had to fight a snow storm to get to the hospital.

My mother always calls me at 5:23 AM on my birthday.
'Do you know what I was doing at this very moment (??) years ago?
I was holding you in my arms and looking into your beautiful blue eyes for the very first time. I love you, Toot. Happy Birthday.' And then she hangs up and I roll over and fall back asleep with a smile on my face.

This birthday call has become a tradition.
She does it every year. Has been doing it since I was a teenager.
Back then she was usually on the road with a band. I remember the first time she did it I was 17 and she was on the road with SuperTramp in England. The next year she was touring with Bryan Adams and had the whole band sing happy birthday to me as she held the phone over her head.

Now she's retired, but she still sets the alarm clock to wake her in time to make the call.

I plan to do this with Cheyenne when she finally leaves the nest.
Lucky for us both she was born at 9:34 AM.

Happy HNT!
See the man, Os!

*Update- thanks so much everyone. I promise to be around soon. My connection took a dive on Thursday so I'll be around to visit as soon as I can! Sorry about the delay.
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Osbasso said...

Happy Birthday, Tricia!!

Evening said...


Happy 29th Birthday Tricia. I have a wonderful day. Your mom's tradition is lovely.

Blissfully Wed said...

My mom does the same thing. Thankfully, I was a lunch time arrival though.

I always love reading your posts. There's so much music in them.

Happy Birthday!

Tricia said...

Evening, Thanks so much. There is a method to my madness. I decided when I hit 35 that I would start going back the other way. In a few years Cheyenne will be older than me. Ha!

Tricia said...

Bliss, it was a great way to grow up, surrounded by talented, volatile people. Heheh

But you shouldn't forget that I spent all of those years pretty much alone. As much as it's fun to romanticize it now, the fact is that my mother was on the road, sometimes for months at a time. At 16 I was given a car, a couple of hundred dollars for bills, gas and food and she was gone like a thief in the night. She called every morning and every night from the road, but I'd only get to see her when the band was playing in a nearby venue. Or when she'd call me and tell me to pack fast and meet her to play hookie from school so we could spend some time together.

I used to leave school early on a Wednesday, drive to another state, and meet her at a gas station off of the highway. We'd spend the weekend together and then I'd have to get back in time for school again Monday morning.

She always tells me now that she feels bad that I had to learn to be so independent at such a young age. But that's just how it was. We grabbed whatever time we could and made the best of it.

But I could never do that to Cheyenne. I just couldn't leave her at home for months alone. I remember what it was like-- and I couldn't do it to her.

Tricia said...

Os, Damn!


So hot!

Vixen said...

Happy Birthday!

That is sweet of your mother. :)

Naughty K said...

Happy Birthday... It sounds like you have a pretty special mom there.
Happy HNT!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, dear Tricia! Your mom has a real special way, I love the idea! But I doubt my son could enjoy the same as he is born at 3h10AM! lololol..
Have a wonderful day! and HHNT!

jay kay said...

Happy birthday and HNT long time no talk how have you been

My Fiancee is HOT © said...

Have a wondeful birdthay and keep smiling

Have a great HNT and wonderful weekend

HHNT and Happy Bday


Pud said...

Well...Happy HNT Birthday!

I can't believe your mother gets up that early to call you. Now that is love!

Happy HNT!

6000 said...

Happy Birthday from South Africa.

Bunny said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! What a wonderful birthday tradition!

My baby boy was born at 5:04 a.m. Perhaps I should wake him up this Saturday (he'll be 7!) and remind him - lol.


TK Kerouac said...


Lapis Ruber said...

Happy Birthday from me too. Happy HNT.

SoCal Sal said...

Happy birthday sweetness. XOXO

I was born a Buckeye too. Youngstown.

bsoholic said...

That's an awesome tradition! :)

Happy Birthday, and HNT!

Anonymous said...

hey Toots, happy birthday and may you have many, many more and every one is more joyous than the last.

pop tart

MIbowhunter said...


Michael Manning said...

Happy Birthday, Tricia! You are a fascinating person and I'm glad I had the chance to visit you and Troy when I was in your area!!! Make it a FUN night!:D

Keyser Soze said...

That's a great story! :-) Tons of love hotness and happy birthday to you. HHNT!

Pup said...

Happy Birthday Girl!!!

I can finally take you to a bar without having to sneak you in :)

Seamus said...



TK Kerouac said...


Im making a new HNT link list
and adding you to it

my blogs are (private) (new)

link if you wish

Sharon said...

Tricia, Happy Birthday!

That's a really sweet tradition and it's great to carry it over to the next generation.

It's kind of cute actually :)

Evening said...

Just waving at you Tricia.

Celti said...

Happy Birthday, Toot! That call is a great idea...I think I'll do that with my little one as well :)
Hope it was a great day for you.