Jolene Actually Did Take My Man, and This is What Happened: A Retrospective (Happy 78th to Dolly!)

Jennie Young
3 min readJan 18, 2024
Photo credit: Timothy Wildey, Creative Commons License

I begged her not to take him. I said, “I had to have this talk with you, my happiness depends on you, and whatever you decide to do, Jolene.” But she took him anyway.

Having my man taken was the worst thing I could ever imagine, and I knew at that moment that my life was ruined, so I packed up and…

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Jennie Young

Professor and humor writer in Green Bay. McSweeney’s, The Independent, HuffPost, Ms. Mag, Education Week, Inside Higher Ed, Slackjaw, Weekly Humorist, others.