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Monologue by Jason Cowan

Cowan, Jason
Cowan, Jessica
Date of Interview: 
Overcoming Obstacles; Childhood Adventures; Relationships with People and Places
Jason Cowan remembers his grandmother.
Charlotte Narrative and Conversation Collection
Collection Description: 
Jessica Cowan interviews Charlotteans to collect stories for a class project at UNC Charlotte.
Interview Audio: 
J2 (Jason Cowan): I'm Jason Cowan. I'm 28 years old. I live in the Gastonia area, and I'm origin-, originally from Asheville, North Carolina. One of the best stories that I remember about growing up actually takes place at my grandmother's house. My grandmother was a cleaning woman for one of the hotel chains in Asheville. Um, she had raised eight children all by herself. Her husband had left her when her youngest child was born and, uh, they never did have very much money. Even after all the children had left the house, she was a really poor woman. Um, one of my fondest memories is going over to her house for Sunday dinner after church. She would always make us banana pudding, which was my favorite dessert at that age, and something that she called a ho cake, which amounted to a really big biscuit, which she made just for me because that was my favorite thing that she made. I remember very vividly the sights, smells and sounds of her house, and every time I think about Sunday dinner, it's kind of where it takes me. I, um, my uncle lived with my grandmother. He was stricken with polio when he was very young and confined to a wheelchair. I remember him giving my sisters and I rides around the house in his wheelchair. I also remember that no matter how bad, financially off my grandmother was, she had two ashtrays sitting on her table, one for me and one for my sister, with, in which she would put pennies or nickels or, sometimes, dimes every week so that we would always have a big pile of change when we went over to her house and we used to look forward to that. We had jars at home that we used to keep it in. Um, I also remember that my uncle, who lived with her, was really into old westerns like John Wayne and Roy Rogers, and Gabby Hayes, and I remember sitting there and watching old westerns with him. And those are some of my fondest memories.