Good Things

I Will Always Love You

I was working on a writing project today and decided to include a quote from Dolly Parton, my very favorite big-haired philosopher. I wanted to get the wording just right, so I searched Dolly quotes, and Mr Google did not disappoint! Check out some of these gems:

  1. “Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” 
  2. “I think everybody has the right to be who they are.”
  3. “There’s a lot of talented women out there and we should all get a chance to do what we do.”
  4. “I really think it’s wonderful that we’re getting a chance to show what we can do and that we’re being accepted…I have been at it a long time, and it’s a new day and age.”
  5. “I’m a woman and proud of it. I really feel like I have plenty to offer… and I think we all should be able to express ourselves however we do.”
  6. “I live [feminism]. I work it. And I think there’s power in it for me.”
  7. “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain!”
  8. “If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.”
  9. “You’ll never do a whole lot unless you’re brave enough to try.”
  10. “I’m not going to limit myself just because people won’t accept the fact that I can do something else.”
  11. “We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.”
  12. “Storms make trees take deeper roots.”

Is it any wonder that she’s had the life she has? The positivity and can-do attitude that she exemplifies warms my heart – and she’s as cute as a button, too. I LOVE her. The world needs more Dolly. 🙂

I’m reposting this next section here, I wrote it when I went to see Dolly in concert in Austin a few years ago (remember concerts?), and it was everything I ever hoped it would be — and more! I love her so much, I cried more than once during the concert…it was a spiritual experience. Wowza. Here’s a few pictures from the show – I heart her. 🙂

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I remember when Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton were all the rage in the ’80s. I’m a longtime worshipper at the temple of Dolly (who isn’t?), but I was never much of a Kenny fan (my mom was, though…she even had a poster of him on the inside of her closet door in her bedroom – so. weird. ) One of my friends from home and I used to giggle and sing “Islands in the Stream” when anyone with boobs (ie: she and I) would swim backstroke in the local pool. Get it? Boobs? Islands? I know. Lame. 😦

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Anyway….although I’ve always known all of the words to sing along to that song (because the bloody ditty was EVERYWHERE), I never stopped to listen to them. Until recently. Let’s take a look, shall we?

You do something to me That I can’t explain Hold me closer and I feel no pain Every beat of my heart We got something going on Tender love is blind It requires a dedication All this love we feel Needs no conversation We can ride it together, ah-ha Making love with each other, ah-ha Islands in the stream That is what we are No one in between How can we be wrong Sail away with meTo another world And we rely on each other, ah-ha From one lover to another, ah-ha

I can’t live without you If the love was gone Everything is nothing If you got no one And you did walk in the night Slowly losing sight of the real thing But that won’t happen to us And we got no doubt Too deep in love and we got no way out And the message is clear This could be the year for the real thing No more will you cry Baby, I will hurt you never We start and end as one In love forever We can ride it together, ah-ha Making love with each other, ah-ha

Lovely, don’t you think? I kind of love the words and the ideas presented…It reminds me of this article that some friends posted online recently (women friends hinting at their husbands) entitled Ten Things To Do For Your Wife Every Year: When your words and actions are intentional, the hope of a better marriage becomes reality. Here are 10 things to do for your wife every year:

Take a trip alone with her.

Make a big deal about her birthday.

Give her a weekend away.

Get dressed up (suit and tie) and take her on a date.

Pray continually for her and with her.

Take her to the place of your first date.

Give her a week off from “mom duties.”

Take her to a show.

Write a love letter to her.

Give her a head to toe massage without expecting anything. img_1143 I just think that when people try and do anything for those around them to show that they care…it’s pure magic, whether it’s a grand gesture or not. Doing things to make others happy and feel good is one of the best things we can selfishly do for ourselves as well….and we all ought to try it more often. 🙂 Who knows, friends…. as we are hopefully chugging towards the end of quarantine life, perhaps a bunch of great things are coming for all of us! Like Kenny and Dolly sang….This could be the year for the real thing. 🙂

xxx

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