Dolly Parton once said that as a child, her and her siblings’ greatest “pleasure” in the winter was getting “peed on.”
Dolly Parton grew up in East Tennessee’s mountains in a one-bedroom cabin with her 11 brothers and sisters. There was no electricity or running water in the Parton home. The winters, in particular, were difficult. The “9 to 5” singer has spoken up about what it was like growing up in New York City through the brutal winters. It was so cold that the sole source of warmth for her and her siblings most nights was when one of the younger children wet the bed.
Dolly Parton and her family’s winter survival strategy
During the colder months, Parton and her brothers slept with their clothing on.
In her 2020 book, Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics, she said, “You had to sleep clothed.” “Daddy wouldn’t allow us get out of bed until he’d constructed and lit a fire. ‘Daddy, is the fire hot?’ I recall us asking. We were forced to wait.”
Snow would frequently enter the house through the holes in the walls. It would get so chilly that the family would have to defrost water from the kitchen’s water bucket.
We used to sit on the front porch of our house in the highlands and listen to the beautiful sounds of nature, such as a songbird’s tune or crickets singing in the neighboring fields. We are eternally grateful for all that the Earth has bestowed upon us. #EarthDay greetings! KYfOh7lmne (@KYfOh7lmne) (@KYfOh7lmne) (@KYfOh7l
April 22, 2020 — Dolly Parton (@DollyParton)
Dolly Parton desired six children when she was 21 years old.
Bathing went like this, according to a 1978 interview Parton gave to Playboy Magazine:
“In the winter, we just had a pan of water and we would wash down as far as we could and wash up as far as we could,” she explained. “Then, when someone cleared the room, we could wash as much as we could.”
In the winter, Parton and her siblings would bathe on a regular basis… This is a condensed version of the narrative. I hope you found it entertaining.