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Monologue by Jeremy Nash

Nash, Jeremy
Braswell, Michelle
Date of Interview: 
childhood adventures; stories and storytellers; relationships with people and places
Jeremy Nash tells storys about his father.
Charlotte Narrative and Conversation Collection
Collection Description: 
Michelle Braswell interviews Charlotteans to collect stories for a class project at UNC Charlotte.
Interview Audio: 
JN (Jeremy Nash): This is Jeremy Nash. Uh, the story that I'm going tell her is from my, uh, dad's past when he was growing up, things happened to him. Uh, most of it, as far as I know, is true. Uh, as in the story, him and his cousins and friends, back when they were, you know, between nine and ten years old, you know, twelve, growing up, they always rode horses, had four wheelers and stuff like tha-, or motorcycles. Uh, they used to, used to do all kind of different things. They'd camp out and, uh, ride horses, you know, through, through the night up until the morning time even though nobody'd know where they were at, come home, you know, stuff like that. This one time they were camping out at the land where I live now. Uh, and there was an old barn there and they were going to camp out on top of the barn. Why they were going to do that, I don't know. So they got up there and they were all, talking, joking around, whatever and, and went to sleep and Dad said about four o'clock in morning they heard somebody screaming and hollering. They said, "What in the world was that?" They got up and one of them was missing. So they looked around and he was laying on the ground. So he'd got up to go the restroom and, instead of going, you know, whatever, instead of climbing down from the top of the building he'd forgot he was on top of the barn and he walked off the edge of the barn. You know, he was just laying there. Luckily the guy didn't get hurt, but it, it was hilarious, I mean. And, you know, they never did let that guy live, live that down. You know, and Dad, when he was growing up they always had horses and stuff like that. And, uh, he would, when he would come home from school, the bus would come by his house going one direction, they would drop some people off, and come back by his house going, going on down to drop the other kids off. Well he would get off the first round, go in the house, throw his books and stuff down, go in there and, uh, then he'd go out, throw a bridle in the horse's mouth, jump on the horse bareback, and he would chase the bus down the road. And, you know, he had done this everyday after school for, you know, all, a year or something like that. And one day he come home from school and his dad was at home. So he wasn't supposed to run this horse. This horse was kind of like a show horse. So then, uh, his dad was home so he couldn't chase the bus like he usually does, and all of a sudden this horse, when the bus come back by, this horse went berserk in the pasture. Running up and down the pasture and, you know, they never, and my grandpa he was like, you know, "What in the world is wrong with that horse?" You know, "Why in the world is he running around," you know, "After that bus?" My dad's like, "I don't know, I never," you know, "The horse has gone crazy, I guess," you know. Uh, and then finally a couple years later, you know, it all come out after Dad was out of school and stuff like that, what he used to do, you know, and they basically sat around and laughed about it then. You know, uh, some of the things they used to do, they used to, you know, ride motorcycles, you know, through the fields. I remember my dad telling me he got a, you know, a corn stalk stuck in his foot. How in the world he done it and, uh, I think I know how he done it. He was riding a motorcycle and the corn stalk in the field just come up and went through the bottom of his shoe and stuck in there. Uh, and, but, but the thing about it was he didn't know, he just, he felt it hit his foot and he didn't know anything about it. So he comes home, you know, his foot's hurting a little bit and he don't know why, he takes his shoe off and the, there's blood everywhere and his socks all bloody and everything like that and he don't know. And he finally figures out what he had done. You know, then he'd been riding about all day like that so you know by the time, by that time you know, everything, he had quit bleeding and everything, so everything was fine there, you know. Back then you didn't, you know, run to the hospital every time you got a paper cut or something like that. Everything, you know, my grandmother probably took care of it, you know, and he was fine.