The Time We Bought a Dolly Parton Blanket At Dollyworld
What to buy when you’re in Dollywood? A hoodie? Booty shorts? A Dollywood license plate? Well, if you do as we did, you could buy all three and then be walking out when you see the perfect Dolly souvenir willing you to buy it.
Reader, we bought it. “It” being a four foot Dolly blanket with “I will always love you” scrawled on it in lipsticky red by Dolly’s own fair hand.
Our friend thought we were mad – it was $29.99, after all, and that’s a lot to pay for a joke – but we knew we were right. Also, it’s entirely practical – winter is coming and we could do with some kind of throw on our bed. And it may as well be Dolly as some hideous garish patterned thing that we’d find in Target.
Yes, obviously the Dolly blanket is pretty hideous as well, but at least it revels in its hideousness. And it’s so Dolly in its big-haired 100 percent polyester-ness! We really can’t think of a more appropriate Dollywood souvenir.
And, judging by the reactions of everyone who’s seen it, we made the right choice. In fact, we were so inspired by the warm reception that when we were subsequently in DC (we were on our AYCJ trip, see) and saw the last lonely Obama blanket on sale for just $49.99, you know what we had to do.
Dolly and Obama are currently making wonderfully warming bedfellows. That is, as we work out how to turn one of them into a slanket.