During an interview almost a decade ago, Dolly Parton was asked to address an issue many women really don’t like talking about. But, she responded with her typical style and sense of humor.
So, what was the dreaded issue? Well, it involved the fact that she never had children and became a mother. The issue came up during a November 2012 interview with ABC News. What prompted the topic was a discussion of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Through this program, millions and millions of books have been given to children across the globe.
Even though Dolly has promoted literacy to children across the world, she never had children of her own with her husband, Carl Dean. And, ABC News wanted to know why. The legendary singer and songwriter said she had thought about what their children would have been like.
“I often wonder, because he’s tall and he’s dark and I’m little and blonde and I just always wondered what our kids would have looked like had we had them,” she told ABC News.
Dolly Parton Said She Doesn’t Regret Not Having Children of Her Own
However, Dolly Parton is happy not being a mother. And, does not regret her decision. She said she has still been able to “mother” many children during her lifetime. What she told ABC News all those years ago, is a perfect summation of how she has loved others.
“God didn’t let me have kids so everybody’s kids could be mine,” Parton reportedly said. “I can keep my nieces and nephews and then when I’m sick of them, I can say, ‘Hey, come get these kids, they’re driving me crazy.’
“I’m a Great Aunt Granny, is what they call me.”
Without a doubt, having Dolly Parton as one of your aunts has to be pretty awesome. You know she has to be a lot of fun. And, who better to sing you a lullaby than a legendary country music star.
Dolly Looks Ahead to the Future
In addition to looking back at her past, Parton also looked to her future during that ABC News interview. She said she planned to stay active and keep working.
“I will never retire unless I have to,” she said during 2012. “As long as I’m able to get up in the morning, get that makeup on and my high heels on, and even if I can’t wear high heels, I’m going to do like Mae West, I’m going to sit in a wheelchair with my high heels on.”
Flash forward to March 2021 – Dolly Parton is still going strong and people still love her. Members of the Tennessee State Legislature even wanted to put a statue of the singer on the grounds of the State Capitol in Nashville. However, she chose to decline it. And, once again, she did that with style and grace.
“Given all that is going on in the world, I don’t think putting me on a pedestal is appropriate at this time,” she said in a statement. “I hope, though that somewhere down the road several years from now or perhaps after I’m gone if you still feel I deserve it, then I’m certain I will stand proud in our great state capitol as a grateful Tennessean.”