[guest post by Dana]
With her humility breaking through the noxious fumes of competing egos in our celebrity-crazed-media-driven landscape, Dolly Parton rises above the fray like a breath of fresh air and reminds us once again why she is a national treasure:
In a statement posted to Twitter on Thursday, the country musician and humanitarian requested that the legislature of her home state of Tennessee stop consideration of a bill that would’ve erected a statue of her on the State Capitol grounds. “Given all that is going on in the world, I don’t think putting me on a pedestal is appropriate at this time,” Parton wrote. “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.”
Parton has provided millions of books to children through her organization, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Last year, the “library” gifted its 150th millionth book. Her quiet contribution of $1 million helped fund the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine. When informed about what her contribution funded, she responded with typical Parton humility:
“Praise the lord!” she told “Today” hosts Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager. “I’m just very grateful that this is happening, and if I had anything to do with it, that’s great.”
Parton is a powerful woman who has, through talent and sheer determination, built a thriving empire. She is reportedly worth somewhere north of $500 million. But more importantly to her, I suspect, is that the little girl who grew up dirt-poor in Tennessee now has the means to help untold numbers of people in need.