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Dolly Parton's Dad Used To Secretly Clean Her Statue Every Night With A Bucket Of Soapy Water

Dolly Parton's Dad Used To Secretly Clean Her Statue Every Night With A Bucket Of Soapy Water

"I loved my daddy and wanted him to be proud of himself, as I was proud of him," said Dolly Parton.

Dolly Parton speaks onstage during the 53rd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 13, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images)

Dolly Parton may be a huge deal for us, and so, her statue means a great deal, too. But, to pigeons, she's nothing "but another outhouse," according to her dad. The nine-time Grammy-winning artist recently opened up about her family and her childhood on Apple Fitness+’s "Time to Walk" experience, which premiered on Monday. On the "Time to Walk" episode, Parton shares songs, and stories to accompany listeners on their walks in Apple’s latest effort to encourage physical activity amongst their users. "While many of us feel confined during this time," she says according to PEOPLE, "I'm hopeful that people will take a walk down memory lane with me and we can all feel a little more freedom taking the time to walk together." 



 

One of the stories she shared was that of her father and his sense of humor, mentioning how it's what helped keep her humble. "I always feel like I got my work ethic from my dad," she says in the episode. She talks about an incident with her dad that happened regarding her statue. "Daddy used to go down to the courthouse where they had erected a statue of me," she says. "I remember myself being so proud of that statue. … I thought, 'A statue of me in the courthouse yard? That's usually reserved for presidents and people that have done really great things like that'."



 

"So I went home and I said, 'Daddy did you know, they're putting a statue of me … down at the courthouse?' And Daddy said, 'Well yeah, I heard about that.' And he said, 'Now to your fans out there you might be some sort of an idol. But to them pigeons, you ain't nothing but another outhouse." While she laughed at the memory, she also added a heartwarming bit to the story where her father would take "a bucket of soapy water in the back of his pick-up truck" to clean the statue at night. "That touched me so much," she says. "I loved my daddy and wanted him to be proud of himself, as I was proud of him."



 

Parton's dad, Robert, was a sharecropper who later grew tobacco on his own land to support the family. He was uneducated, but that didn't stop the country singer from seeking his help when she wanted to set up her Imagination Library, which now gives books to children in need around the world. Apparently, Robert loved that she worked on helping kids read more than her country-star status, she says. The singer recently turned 75, and after the celebrations, she was met with the heartbreaking news of her brother Randy Parton's death. According to Fox News, news of Randy’s passing comes just a few years after their other brother Floyd Estel Parton died in 2018.



 

 


 
 
 
 
 
 

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