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Monologue by Krystal Suzanne Blanton

Blanton, Krystal S.
Patel, Amit
Date of Interview: 
Relationships with People and Places; Stories and Storytellers; Childhood Adventures
Krystal Blanton talks about her grandmother who used to read to her.
Charlotte Narrative and Conversation Collection
Collection Description: 
Amit Patel interviews Charlotteans to collect stories for a class project at UNC Charlotte.
Interview Audio: 
KB (Krystal Blanton ): This is Krystal Blanton on April 17, 2002. I was asked to tell a story, um, maybe passed down through, uh, my youth, through my family or what have you. Um, and I was read a lot of stories by my grandmother, my father's mother. Um, she read to us all the time. That's actually how she took care of us, uh, because there are three of us, I have a brother and a sister and me. And, uh, and she couldn't run around much or, or chase us. Um, so she would get us all to hop on the bed with her, hop on the bed beside her rocking chair, um, and she would tell us stories. Um, she would read, read us stories. She was an avid reader. She read all the time. She, um, she would tell us, uh, you know, the classic stories like Cinderella, and, and, uh, Black Beauty, um, and even though that was above my [laughs] you know, my, my ability to understand, um, at that point because she read to us until we moved to Texas, and that was about, um, uh, in the, in the '70s. I was like, uh, two or three years old. Um, so she read to me though, from the time I was born, um, until then, and, uh, because my mom, after six months, she went back to work after she had me, so my grandmother actually took care of us. Um, in the meantime, you know, while she would work. And she would, um, sometimes she'd let my brother and sister go out and, and play where she could do things so she could watch them but read to me. Uh, specifically she would read to me stories about animals, um, uh, I can't remember what they are now what they are, but my favorite was, um, Dr. Seuss stories. I love them. I love the animation, I love the colored pictures and everything, and of course, you know, with the age I was at, I guess that makes sense. But, um, my favorite book was The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. Um, you know I haven't read it in so long, I can't remember what it's about, now I just remember it's my favorite, it's about trees or something here. Actually, maybe that's what I should do, because I have it right here with me. Um, uh, I guess I'll read it. And, and that'll work for telling a story. OK, here it goes, The Lorax by Dr. Seuss-.