This is a song about a mother’s love and what it means to be truly rich. When I was little, my mother used to play this song on her guitar. I always cried and told her to stop playing. I hated the part where the kids made fun of Dolly for wearing the coat her mother made her.
My favourite lyric is: "One is only poor, if they choose to be. Now I know we have no money, but I'm rich as I could be in my coat of many colours, my mamma made for me."
Although I didn't grow up poor, we weren't rich by any means. In fact, my mother used to make a lot of my clothes growing up (which makes for good laughs when looking at old picture...sorry mom!).
A few weeks ago I was listening to my mother's old Dolly Parton record that she gave me. As usual, I cried when this song came on. Only this time I cried for a different reason.
I wasn't crying because the kids made fun of Dolly wearing her coat. I was crying because I realized I take my parents for granted. When I listened to this song, I was transported back in time and in a flash recalled many happy childhood memories. I am fortunate to still have both parents alive and living close by. I know someday this won't be the case.
To me, this song is a reminder that I am rich despite the thoughts of lack I sometimes have. I am rich in love from my parents, sister, brother-in-law, niece, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. I am rich in memories. I am rich in health. Are you rich? Change what you value and you may be pleasantly surprised at how rich you actually are.