July 26, 2011
A frighteningly candid depiction of Parton’s impoverished childhood.
Going to bed hungry. Watching her mother suffer with illness because they can’t afford a doctor. Working from sunrise to sunset, only to see a hail storm destroy your crops.
This isn’t the charming idealization of “Coal Miner’s Daughter”, or even the dogged resilience of “Coat of Many Colors.” This is poor people trying to get by against insurmountable odds, walking the tight rope without a safety net.
It’s the same story that could be told by any one of the 44 million Americans today who live below the poverty line.
There will be a lucky few who beat the odds like Parton did, and her words will surely ring true: “No amount of money could buy from me the memories that I have of then. No amount of money could pay me to go back and live through it again.”
Written by Dolly Parton