Yes, and clearly, Gary was more than welcome to come visit anytime for as long as he wanted. Val was too, but Gary especially, since he was Ellie's favorite son. So if he'd truly loved Lucy, he should have been coming to visit often or move in to take over raising her. If Gary and Val had come back to Southfork when Lucy was maybe 3 or 4 years old, Valene could have said something like, "We know you want her here for her own well being and you're afraid Garry's gambling and drinking would endanger Lucy. I'll admit Gary has never given you reason to believe he's responsible enough to raise a child. As for me, I was 15 when I to pregnant with her. So we haven't given you any reason to think we're ready to be parents. So let us move in and show you what good parents we will make for Lucy. We'll live here as long as it takes to convince you we'e mature enough and responsible enough to raise her on our own." If Valene had said something like that, Ellie certainly would have said yes to that. Besides, any reason to have Gary back was enough for Ellie to say yes. So Lucy had every reason to think they just didn't want her. I realize they didn't get along with JR, but if they're any kind of decent parents at all, their love for Lucy would have been a lot stronger than their dislike for JR. But they didn't do anything like that. They almost never even came to visit Lucy and when they did visit, or when Gary came to visit by himself, he never stayed long. When Sue Ellen had post part depression and didn't want to take care of John Ross, Lucy said to Miss Ellie "Parents don't always want their children. My parents didn't want me"! That tells me they rarely visited her.