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Interview with Sarah Murphy

Murphy, Sarah
Bremer, Brittany
Date of Interview: 
Relationships with People and Places; Then and Now; Stories and Storytellers
Sarah Murphy tells the story of a Fourth of July mishap involving her great-grandfather.
Charlotte Narrative and Conversation Collection
Collection Description: 
Brittany Bremer interviews Charlotteans to collect stories for a class project at UNC Charlotte.
Interview Audio: 
BB (Brittany Bremer): OK, um, say your name and where you were born and then just tell a story.
SM (Sarah Murphy): OK. Name?
BB: Yeah, not the whole name, just first and last. No big deal.
SM: All right, my name is Sarah Murphy and I was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, and my story is um, that my family has had a lake house for a very, very long time and, um, I've always been told that my great-grandfather and all of us, we have a tradition that usually every July 4th we go up there and we set off firecrackers and just kind of watch the neighbors and see their firecrackers. And we just take a boat ride and do a cookout and all this. So I've always been told that my great-grandfather, whom I've never met, one time was up at the lake and they were doing their traditional July 4th deal, um, and they were setting off the firecrackers and he accidentally just, I guess, got some messed up firecrackers, or set them off too soon, or what not, but he was right there and they kind of blew his fingers off. So that was really, and I've always been told that, and like I said, I've never met him or anything, but I was just kind of surprised that that happened and it taught me, I guess, to never go near firecrackers. I don't go within ten feet of them. So that's my story I guess.
BB: Good. OK.