Loretta Lynn Recalls the Flour Sack Easter Dresses of Her Childhood
“For me, Easter is God's love, redemption, forgiveness, new starts, and pretty little flour sack Easter dresses in the back hills of Kentucky.”
Like many of us, Easter means a lot to 87-year-old country legend Loretta Lynn. Inspired by a question from a friend, the songstress took to Facebook on Saturday with a thoughtful reflection on her faith and what it was like to celebrate the spring holiday as a poor kid growing up in rural Butcher Hollow (“Butcher Holler”), Kentucky.
“Easter was so special,” Lynn recalled alongside a childhood photo of herself. “I could hardly wait with expectation, knowing that my mommy was making me the prettiest of flour sack dresses I'd get all year. For Easter, she went the extra mile with every bit of frill and beauty she could add to it.”
“It's hard for folks to understand what it was really like back then, way back in the holler,” she continued. “I wore those flour sack Easter dresses to Sunday School and church like I was the Queen of England. I was so happy and so thankful and so proud."
Lynn went on to say that in her mind, those flour sack dresses were more beautiful than any designer ball gown she’s ever worn. “Mommy made them with love and that's something I'll never forget,” she said. “For me, Easter is God's love, redemption, forgiveness, new starts, and pretty little flour sack Easter dresses in the back hills of Kentucky.”
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Oh Loretta, just when we thought we couldn’t possibly love you any more!