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Interview with Daisy Bost

Bost, Daisy
Female voice
Eller, Wendy
Date of Interview: 
Overcoming Obstacles; Childhood Adventures; Relationships with People and Places; Stories and Storytellers; Then and Now
Daisy Bost talks about her favorites stories as a child, family storytellers, and the stories children love to read today.
Charlotte Narrative and Conversation Collection
Collection Description: 
Wendy Eller interviews Charlotteans to collect stories for a class project at UNC Charlotte.
Interview Audio: 
DB (Daisy Bost): OK. My name is Daisy Bost and I'm 61 years of age and I'm from Faith, North Carolina. I teach at Granite Quarry School in the first grade.
WE (Wendy Eller): Have you lived here all your life?
DB: Yes I have. All except for about three years.
WE: And where'd you live?
DB: Um, I lived in Granite one year, um, Granite Quarrywhere I'm now teaching and in Charlotte one year and I guess that's all.
WE: OK. What stories do you remember reading as a child?
DB: Um, I remember having a set of books called Uncle Arthur's Bedtime Stories that my mom and dad bought for me and they were a collection of mostly stories with a moral, stories from the Bible, um, and some just stories, you know, not, not fairytale-type things but stories that would give a lesson to a child who was reading them. I had that collection and then I loved the Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy stories. Um, I had several of those books, but I didn't have a whole lot of books, but I do remember those. I also had, um, I liked to read about, um, children who did, who had adventures. I remember going to the library for the first time in Salisbury and seeing all of those books, and I thought it was wonderful. And I would get, you know, the type of books I liked. Um, books about sort of like The Little House on the Prairie type thing. I do remember those, but the books I had at home were Raggedy Ann and Andy and the set of eight my mother and dad bought me.
WE: What do you mean like adventure, like Wizard of Oz or-?
DB: Um, well, yes, um, I had a house called, I had a book called Biggety Ann, and it was about a little girl whose mom had died. And she was sort of having to take over the family and to me that was wonderful to think that this little girl could do that.
WE: Hmm.
DB: And that was the sort of thing that I liked. She was able to take over and do the things for her family.
WE: What stories were read to you as a child?
DB: A lot of the Bible stories. I remember "Daniel in the Lion's Den" and "David and Goliath," and, um, as I said, the Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy stories my mom, my mother would read to me. Um, actually.
BREAK START OF INTERVIEW, TRACK 2 DB: I remember reading a lot and I think by the time I was about seven, my mother began to take me to the public library, and there's where I got most of my books. I didn't have many. I used to get comic books, I loved, at the, at the, uh, local grocery store. They were ten cents apiece.
WE: Huh.
DB: And I loved to get those comic books and I read those, too. But I didn't have a whole lot of books, you know.
WE: In school, did your librarian read to you or-?
DB: No.
WE: No?
DB: No. We didn't have a librarian.
WE: You didn't?
DB: We went to the library with our teacher and got our books, checked them out, and, uh, we came back to the room and if I can remember right we read some when we got back to the room on our own. But I don't remember, I don't remember our teacher, my teachers reading to me much. I really don't. I remember reading to the class by myself as a child.
WE: Hmm.
DB: Uh, but I don't remember the teacher reading any particular thing to me at all.
WE: So you didn't have any type of sections? Like the red section or the blue section like they have today?
DB: No, not that I remember. We read reading groups.
WE: Right.
DB: If that's what you're talking about-.
WE: Right.
DB: -In my room?
WE: Right.
DB: Yeah. We had red birds, blue birds, and yellow birds, whatever.
WE: Um-hmm.
DB: I remember those, and, um, but, uh, I don't remember a whole lot of, uh, reading to the whole group by the teacher. I really don't.
WE: OK. All right, um, what stories were told in the family?
DB: Um, one story in particular that I remember, and, in fact, I had written it and I will give you a copy of it of you want it. It's about, um, a dog that, uh, my uncle Darrell had whose name was Jack, and, um, he used to, I used to spend the night with my grandmother and there's was a big, deep hole across there on the ball diamond and Jack was not very smart and he would go across the road at night and fall in the hole. And he would holler and holler and just have a fit until somebody came and got him out. And I remember that story in particular being told to me over and over and I told it to my grandchildren. And I wrote it and it was published in the paper so that is one that I remember quite a bit. Um, my mother used to tell me about my great grandmother, who, and what a hard life she had. Um, and how she lived in a shack with her son and the hard times that they had. And that son was my grandfather, her father. And in fact, in the house where they, where my son lives now-.
WE: Hmm.
DB: -Which is where that house started out. I remember those stories. And, let me see, I remember my dad telling me some stories about his family of six boys and the different things they used to do.
WE: Hmm. Um, what stories do you tell yourself?
DB: Do I tell myself? Um, I love mystery stories. I like to read mysteries and um, I'm always sort of, um, thinking about if I were to write a mystery story how I would go about it. I particularly like Agatha Christie mysteries. I read, I've read about all of hers. And I, I like to tell myself stories about adventures like, I've always, um, fantasized about having a cabin on the top of the mountain, and I may play myself into a story as I'm thinking about it.
FV (Female Voice): Funny thing about, as you grow older, your mind changes and you like different books than what you've already read. You want something that's, um, different and that's the way I am. And I liked, back years ago, I like something different now.
WE: Hmm.
FV: And it's your age, as you grow older, your mind will change on what you like now.
DB: Um, stories, um, I always, I told my children stories that I made up about, um, about a country bunny. There is a book called the Country Bunny but we changed it to a hot dog, a, a corn dog actually and I just made it up one day sitting on the hammock with them and, and they just loved it. And so I've been telling it for years. I don't even remember exactly how it goes but they do. If I leave out any part of it. But you know, those are just some of the things that-. And back to what I do, what I tell myself, um, I like my mountain cabin stories. I like to, think about taking a trip on a boat, those kinds of things.
WE: Um, since you're a first grade teacher, what, do you tell them stories?
DB: Uh-huh. I read to them all the time. I tell them stories, I read to them, um, we have play, play role things, um-. Oh, they love to be read to, and they like to hear things that I've done, places that I've been. And they like scary stories in particular.
WE: Uh-huh.
DB: And you can tell it over and over and over again and they're just as scared when you get to the end of it as they were the first time they heard it. But yes, we read a lot. And right now we are getting ready to start The Boxcar Children series, which they love.