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Monologue by Katherine (Katie) S. Hart

Hart, Katherine (Katie) S.
Jinnett, Julia
Date of Interview: 
relationships with people and places; childhood adventures; tolerance and respect
Katherine Hart tells of how her parents calmed their daughters during thunderstorms and how she waged a war on Winnie the Pooh in her dormitory.
Charlotte Narrative and Conversation Collection
Collection Description: 
Julia Jinnett interviews Charlotteans to collect stories for a class project at UNC Charlotte.
Interview Audio: 
KH (Katherine "Katie" Hart): Hi, my name is Katie Hart and I was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and I've lived in Charlotte now for almost two years and, um, just wanted to tell you a story about when I was little. Um, when I was young my parents did us a favor is that we were never scared of the dark or scared of thunderstorms because of the way my parents went about it. Um, my sister was two years younger than me, and we, um, every time the lights would go out or there would be a thunderstorm my parents would let us have animal hunt; mainly my dad, organized by my dad. At the time he owned chain of, of, what do they call it? Game rooms, where it was called The Magic Ballroom, and they owned a chain of those and so we got all the stuffed animals out of the claw machines. And, so my sister and I had tons of stuffed animals, and probably still have them up in the attic in my parent's house. But, when we were about four and six, I guess, or five and seven, we would um, every time the lights would go out or it would thunder storm we'd each bring out all of our stuffed animals and each be on to the pillowcase or flashlight. And so my dad would go around and hand out, um, hide all the stuffed animals. First we'd count them so that nobody would left, be left crying at the end of the night without their favorite. And then we'd go, he'd hide them all and we'd sit in the room and then he'd tell us that he was ready and we'd go and we'd find the animals and we would have contests to see who could the most, many most stuffed animals and put them in their pillowcase. So, um, so we'd have a big contest and there's one I remember in particular, it was the blue, um, lion that we were always hunting so it kind of gave meaning to the nature of the animal hunt. But we always, every time that thunder and lightening we would get so excited, "Yes! We get to play animal hunt!" And do that.
[Break] KH: Another story comes to mind speaking of stuffed animals. Many years later at a small private school in Tennessee, um, we were in the girls' dorm, it was called Lower Liston. And we had just one floor, and we were a very close group of girls, about 45 lived on the hall. And there, um, sophomore year we got all of our friends to move into the dorm so we thought everything would be really cool. And then we realized that we had an infestation of Pooh, Winnie the Pooh. And so, all these girls came back to school with curtains and bedspreads and stuffed animals and cards and balloons, and just tons and tons of Pooh stuff, everywhere. And we just thought it was too much to take. So one night we snuck into, actually, for, now I remember, the entire week before we slowly stole things out of people's rooms and hid them. Like in our wardrobes and our dressers and under our beds. And so, one night we hung all the Poohs up by their necks and even Eeyores and Piglets as well. And, wrote signs that said you know, "We don't want any more Pooh Hell!" And, "Welcome to Pooh Hell!" And just made a big prank out of it, and most, for the most part everybody thought it was pretty funny but some people did get offended when their Winnie the, when they saw their Winnie the Pooh strung up in the bathroom. But, we just thought we had to take a stand and bring our dorm back to the cool place that it used to be. [Laughter]