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Interview with Mary "Kathryn" Drye

Drye, Mary "Kathryn"
Quinn, Traci
Date of Interview: 
relationships with people and places; stories and storytellers
Mary "Kathryn" Drye talks about her favorite books and family stories.
Charlotte Narrative and Conversation Collection
Collection Description: 
Traci Quinn interviews Charlotteans to collect stories for a class project at UNC Charlotte.
Interview Audio: 
TQ (Traci Quinn): This is Mary Drye. She is nine years old. She is a student in China Grove Elementary School. She's in fourth grade. And she was born in Salisbury and she still lives there. She is a white female. OK. Um, what was the last book that you read?
MD (Mary "Kathryn" Drye): Matilda.
TQ: Um, did you like it?
MD: Yes.
TQ: Why?
MD: Because it's funny.
TQ: Why is it funny?
MD: Because Matilda humiliates her father and she makes, she humiliates, uh, Trunchbull, too.
TQ: She humiliates her father and what?
MD: Trunchbull, her principal.
TQ: Oh. OK. Um, where did you, where did you see, find this book at?
MD: School.
TQ: Did you check it out or buy it?
MD: No, it was in my school li-, it was in my classroom library.
TQ: OK. Um, what was the last story that a teacher read to you. Do you remember?
MD: It was, uh, I'll tell you in a second.
MD: Max found Two Sticks.
TQ: OK. Was that in fourth grade? Was that this year? What was that about?
MD: It was about, we had to talk about Pinkney and he wrote the book. And it was about a guy who found sticks and he drummed out a dancers. And then when a parade came by, he, he tossed them an extra pair of sticks and he played the drums from then on.
TQ: Did you like that?
MD: Yes.
TQ: Um, what was the first story you ever remember being read?
MD: [Pause] Um, [pause] hmm.
TQ: Or the most recent one you remember being read by your family \\ or-.\\
MD: \\OK, um, \\ [sniff] a piece of, um, I can't remember it [pause].
TQ: What was it about?
MD: It was about a little mouse, who found that he, he was looking for a story in a storybook because he didn't know what it was. And he had to go up there and find a storybook.
TQ: Who read you that?
MD: My mawmaw.
TQ: Your mama. How old were you?
MD: I was around four.
TQ: OK, um, do you tell stories to your friends at school?
MD: Yes.
TQ: About what?
MD: What happens at home?
TQ: What kind of stories that happen at home?
MD: The arguments that my parents have and all that other stuff.
TQ: [Laugh] Um [pause], do the other, do other children at school tell you stories?
MD: Uh-huh.
TQ: What do they tell you stories about?
MD: They tell me stories about how they hurt theirselves or stuff like that or what they did that weekend.
TQ: What do, um, what do kids your age talk about?
MD: Boyfriends and girlfriends, that's what they mostly talk about.
TQ: What do they say about their boyfriends and girlfriends?
MD: They just tell you who they are and what they do.
TQ: What do they do?
MD: They hold hands and take each other to the movies and they give each other presents and they go to the skating rinks as couples and all that other, and all that good stuff.
TQ: [Laugh] OK, um [pause], do your, does your teacher read you stories?
MD: Yes.
TQ: What kind of stories does she read you?
MD: She reads us, um, she like social studies so she reads us stories about all the stuff we learn in social studies. And if we're studying an author she'll read us books that he wrote or poem books or anything.
TQ: Do you enjoy that stuff?
MD: Yes.
TQ: Um, do you have like time out of the day that she lets you read individually?
MD: Yes, we have silent reading Tuesday and Thursday. I mean Monday, Wednesday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and Thursday,
TQ: How long do you have to read your stories?
MD: We have 30 minutes.
TQ: Where do you go to read? \\ In the classroom? \\
MD: \\ We stay in our classroom.\\
TQ: \\ Stay in the classroom. \\ Um, do, do you all have time when you read out loud?
MD: Um, no not really. Sometimes our teacher will read it but I don't read it to me.
TQ: That's good. Um, [sniff] OK. [Pause] Do your parents tell you stories about your family or your mawmaw?
MD: Yes.
TQ: What kind of stories they tell in your family?
MD: They tell us what they did, like if they're pretty old now and I don't really see them a lot. They'll tell me what they used to do with me and all that type of stuff.
TQ: Like when you were younger?
MD: Yeah.
TQ: What, what did they tell that they used to do with you?
MD: They used to make me laugh more than anybody else and they'd tickle me and throw me down on couches and do all that other stuff. \\ I liked it. \\
TQ: \\ Did your mawmaw, \\ Did your mawmaw tell you stories on your mom?
MD: \\ Yep. \\
TQ: \\ Like when your mother was young? \\
MD: \\ Yes. \\
TQ: [Laugh] What stories did she tell on your mom?
MD: She tells how small Mama was and how people, and just about her and my daddy sometimes.
TQ: \\ Right. \\
MD: \\ Her and my dad. \\
TQ: She tells stories about your mom and your dad?
MD: Sometimes.
TQ: What'd she say about that?
MD: Uh. She just tells me what they did with me and why they got divorced and all that type of stuff.
TQ: OK. Um, do your brothers and, Janet probably don't, but do your brothers tell you stories?
MD: They tell me stuff that they won't tell Mom and Dad.
TQ: Stuff that happens at school?
MD: Yes. But they want to keep a secret 'cause if Mama knows it that, they'll like ground them for the rest of the year.
TQ: You can't share none of that could you? [Laughter].
MD: No.
TQ: [Laugh] OK. Um, what books do you, have you bought? Like what books do you have around your house that you like to read?
MD: I have too many books that I can say. But that one of my favorites is Matilda. I have that book here, I bought that. And, um, Calvin and Hobbs, that's a comic book. Like 150 pages long in each book.
TQ: \\ What's, \\ what's that comic about?
MD: \\ Some are longer. \\ It's about a little boy and his mom and a babysitter called Rosalyn and her dad. And he's got a toy tiger. And he always, and whenever nobody's looking the tiger's always growned. And he talks to the tiger. And he'll, and the tiger will, every time he knows he's going to make a mess or something he say, "I'm going to bed so I won't be in the mess" or something like that.
TQ: Why do you like that comic?
MD: It's funny.
TQ: [Laugh] Who's funny in it?
MD: Calvin.
TQ: What?
MD: He's the little boy.
TQ: Why's he funny?
MD: He has locked the babysitter out of the house. And he, he tells lies and all this stuff. And then when he, he does tell the lies instead his mom, his mom doesn't believe him he just believes the babysitter.
TQ: [Laugh] She should. OK, um, do you read to your little sister any?
MD: Mm, yeah, I read her books to her.
TQ: What do you read her?
MD: Uh, I've read her, um, a Big Bird book where it has words in it to name all the pictures.
TQ: Um, do you read any stories at church?
MD: [Pause] No.
TQ: You don't read any? Do they tell you any stories at church?
MD: Well, my pastor in big church, he'll tell stories about people he's met and stuff like that.
TQ: Like?
MD: Bible-type stories that he's met that teaches you the lesson he's trying to get to you.
TQ: Ah, he uses Bible stories to tell about somebody?
MD: He uses people that he met to tell Bible.
TQ: To relate it to Bible stories?
MD: Yeah.
TQ: Oh, OK. Um, OK, um, what stories does your mom tell you or your dad about you or your brothers?
MD: Um, they tell, they tell us stories about when I was, um, when we were babies. Like my brother, when my brother was born, he was, he was, he was blue. And he about died. They had a pastor there praying for him. And, um, when I was a baby I didn't cry. And every time somebody rocked me to sleep I wouldn't go to sleep. I just, every time I knew somebody was coming to get me, I just climb, uh, climb into my, uh, my crib and I'd just roll over and go to sleep on my own.
TQ: Um, does your stepdad tell you any stories about his family?
MD: Yes, there's this one uncle that died. And he told me that he, he was the one nobody else could make me laugh like he made me laugh.
TQ: Your stepdad's uncle?
MD: No, my uncle.
TQ: Oh.
MD: I didn't really see, I had, I knew him when I was five or six, and he died like when I was seven so it's, was like a year before I had seen him, two or three, one or two years before I had seen him so I didn't really know what he was like or anything.
TQ: Does anybody tell you funny stories?
MD: Yes.
TQ: Who tells you funny stories? Who tells you the funniest stories?
MD: [Heavy sigh] Micah, my stepdad, my dad and my mawmaw. I'd have to say and sometimes my mama.
TQ: What, what do the stories usually pertain to when they're funny?
MD: My family.
TQ: Jokes about your family, about what they did?
MD: Yes. My mawmaw, my dad's got a picture of this, she was trying to get, I don't know if it was me, or if it was Puddintang, but-.
TQ: Who was Puddintang?
MD: She's my Uncle Bob's, um, daughter, he's been married twice, so-. And, um, and, um, she was trying to get them to drink their bottle. And so, she had the bottle up to her mouth. And she was in her shower cap and had on her robe and all that. And Pawpaw was holding the baby and she had the bottle in her mouth. And now my dad wants to get that blown up [laugh].
TQ: [Laugh] That would be good. Is that your dad's mom or your mom's mom?
MD: My mom's mom.
TQ: That'd be funny. Um, do they tell any funny stories about you when you were little?
MD: Mmm, not really. They think I was a good baby, so I wasn't really funny or anything.
TQ: [Laughs].
MD: I was just nice.
TQ: OK. I guess that's going to be it Mary. Thank you.
MD: You're welcome. Bye.