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Interview with Rosalia Cruz

Cruz, Rosalia
Kichefski, Helen
Date of Interview: 
Relationships with people and places; Storytellers and stories
Rosalia Cruz tells traditional Mexican stories about teenagers, honesty, and making decisions.
Charlotte Narrative and Conversation Collection
Collection Description: 
Helen Kichefski interviewed a variety of people currently residing in North Carolina for a class project at UNCC.
Interview Audio: 
HK (Helen Kichefski): OK, this is Rosalia and she is going to tell us some stories from her past. And her history of Mexico. ( ) Some stories that were in Mexico.
RC (Rosalia Cruz): OK, um, this story's about um, about a teenager that she like, she didn't like to listen to her parents very much so um, one night she um, she wanted to go to a dance, but her mom, she wouldn't let her because it was too late uh, so she waited until her mom fell asleep. And when her mom fell asleep her mom, she um, started walking to the dance. And on her way up there, to the dance, she met this this man, and he told her that she was, it was too late for her to be alone. And she said, "Well I have permission from Mom," so um, the man told her, "Well, I think you need to go back home because it's too late for you to be out, but it's too late for you to be out alone." And uh, she said like, "I try, I try to go back home," and she she acted like she was going to go back home. Then when the man left, she started walking back to the dance and um, then uh, she met another person it was like an old lady and she, she told the girl that um, that she needed to go back home because it was too late, she told her the same thing and the girl said that her mom gave her permission to go where she was going and the old lady said, "Well I think you need to go back home." So she acted like she was going back home and then she started walking back and um, then when, when she started walking back she saw an old man and he told her that uh, her mom didn't give her permission to, to go anywhere so why was she doing out there so late? And she said that um, that she did give, give her permission so, so, he was like, "OK, if she gave you permission," and she started walking to the dance and stuff and then um, she met uh, an, a girl, girl, it was a woman, the woman told her, "I thought I told you to um, like you know, somebody told you to go back home because you didn't have permission from your mom." And she said, "Well, I, I am going to go back home." And so she started walking back home and then uh, then when the woman left she started walking back again and then the same woman appeared again and she told her, she's like, "Well," she's like, "Come on, I'll take you where you're going." She had a horse and she, she told her to get on the horse and she told her to get on and she would take her and um, then the girl got on and the woman, like she said she was going to take her to the dance, but then she took her somewhere like to a lake and then the next, the next day her mom was looking for her, like she was worried and stuff and um, the, then like somebody else found her daughter around the lake, she was passed out and then she was all worried because she didn't know where she was and then when they found her, the girl told her mom the story that happened to her and she told her that she would never do that again because she was very scared of what happened and she said that she thought she'd seen that devil because of what she did, that she didn't obey her mom, what she told her, and her mom was just happy to see her, but still she shouldn't have done what she did.
HK: Who told you this story, Rosalia?
RC: Um, my grandmom, like she told me the story. She always told me like different stories, her and my grandpa, those two.
HK: Can you think of another one?
RC: Um, um, [pause] na, I can't think.
HK: A story you've heard about Mexico, or about gold, or treasure or--
RC: Well, um, well, my grandpa, this happened to my grandpa. Um, he, one day, he was like, it was when he was younger. He said um, he used to come to his house like real late, like 12 or one and uh, his mom was all worried all the time because she didn't know why he was so late and um, and one day he saw, he said he saw fire, and then, they said that when they see fire it means that there is money around there or something. And um, he said that he saw this man standing beside the fire and he told him um, "If you help me find my treasure I'll, I'll give you half of it." So, my grandpa, he said, he said, "What do you mean?" He's like, "Yeah, I'll give you half of the treasure." and he said, he said, um, well he just started walking home because he was scared you know, and then um, when he was like, when he was, started walking home the man threw a rock at him. He said he hit him um, like on his leg and then he turned back around and he threw back a rock at the old man and then the old man got mad and he throw a real big rock and he hit him on the back. And then um, he got, he got real scared um, so he just called for his mom, and then his mom came out, he was laying on the ground, like all scared and um, she asked him what went on. She said that, he said that, that the old man told him that, and then he said that, that he asked him, he said the old man asked him if he would give him his soul he would give him like a lot of money, he would make his family rich. And then like, he was real crazy because he said that um, if he ever asked him again, if he ever saw him, if he ever asked him for his soul, he would, he would say, "Yes," to make his family rich. And I was like, and I was like, "No, I would never," and now he says that when he thinks about it, "I was dumb, and I was young and that's all."
HK: That's interesting about the fire. Have you heard any more stories about fire and treasure?
RC: Um.
HK: Or, any more stories about gold or any stories your grandpa used to tell you?
RC: I can't think of any more.
HK: That was good Rosalia.