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Interview with Rachel Newsome

Newsome, Rachel
Player, Joy
Date of Interview: 
childhood adventures; stories and storytellers
Rachel Newsome tells the story "The Three Little Pigs"and a story about a cloud that ate people.
Charlotte Narrative and Conversation Collection
Collection Description: 
Joy Player interviews Charlotteans to collect stories for a class project at UNC Charlotte.
Interview Audio: 
JP (Joy Player): What's your name?
RN (Rachel Newsome): Rachel.
JP: What's your whole name?
RN: Rachel Newsome.
JP: How old are you, Rachel?
RN: Eight.
JP: Eight. And where are you from?
RN: Charlotte, North Carolina.
JP: What story are you going to tell us today?
RN: Three Little Pigs.
JP: And where did you hear it from?
RN: Uh, I read it.
JP: And what, where was the book that you read it from?
RN: In my bookshelf.
JP: At home?
RN: Yes.
JP: Do you remember who got you that book?
RN: No.
JP: OK. Go ahead.
RN: Um, once upon a time there was a mother pig and her three little pigs. And the three little pigs, their, their, their mom told them that they had, they had, they were big enough to move on. So one day they moved out and their mo-, their mom was crying. And so the first little pig made his house out of, um, straw 'cause he saw, 'cause all the pigs saw all these people with different kinds of buckets and stuff that had straw in it. So the first pig said, "I want to build my house out of straw." So he built his house out of straw. And then the second pig built his house out of [pause] sticks 'cause he saw this man had sticks in the bucket, so he built his house out of sticks. And the third pig built his house out of bricks 'cause he saw this man with bricks in his bucket. And then one day there was this wolf and this, and the wolf came around and he, um, he, um, asked, he knocked on the door and he said, "Little pig, little pig, can I come in?" And the pig said, "Not by the hair of my chinny-chin-chin." So, so, so the wolf said, "I'm going to huff and puff and I'm going to blow your house down." And he blew the pig's house down and, um, the pig, um, and then after that, he ate the pig. And then, and then, and then the second time he did, at the second pig's house, he did the same thing and he ate that pig. But at the third pig's house, he tried to, he huffed and he puffed but he couldn't blow it down. Um, so, so, so he climbed in, he climbed in the chimney, but the pig put a boiling pot of hot water under, under the chimney so, um, when the wolf went down the chimney and, um, and he fell in the pot of hot water, he went, he went all the way, he went all the way up to the top of the chimney and he went out screaming and hollering and that's all.
JP: That's all you read in your story?
RN: Yeah.
JP: Do you remember who the author was?
RN: No.
JP: Thank you for your story. Wait, wait, wait. I want to have another one. Try it again, OK? Make it good!
RN: OK. Rachel Newsome. I'm Rachel Newsome and I'm going to tell you a story about, about, about the cloud [whisper] OK. Um, one time there, there, there was this thing on this news and all these people in this town heard it so they closed down the grocery shops, um, the day cares, and, um, the food, yeah, I already said that, food store and every kind of store. And then everybody got in their houses and then this man and his dog, they, they walked outside and, um, and then his wife told him not to walk the dog outside because of the big cloud that was coming. So the man, the man refused to listen to her so he walked and then, um, he walked and he saw, um, a cloud and he thought it was just a plain old cloud but then the cloud opened a little bit and then the man, the man thought it was just beginning to rain or something but the cloud opened and it, and it, and it, the cloud went over and ate the man and the dog and then the man and the dog's hands went on the ground and then the woman walked outside and she started crying and she saw the cloud so the, so the, um, so the cloud ate them, too. And her hand went out, too. And then, and then this woman, she was cooking some food and, um, she looked out the window and saw the hands on the ground and she thought it was like skeleton bones or something 'cause she always studied bones 'cause she worked in a museum and, and so, um, she, um, she went outside and she, and she, sh-, she tried, she picked them up, but before she picked them up, she heard this voice go, "I'm going to eat you!" And she, and she, and she, and she looked up and she got eaten and her head, her head went on the ground and then, and then she saw this other, and then, and then she, um, and then she died, too and, um, then, then her wife, then, then, then her husband came outside and he said, then he tried to shoot, shoot the cloud but the cloud was so thin like a ghost it went through. And then the man ran back inside his house and he, he got, he got this, um, this, um, little booky thing, this book and this book was about, all about lightning and stuff. And so he took it to, and then he went next door to his neighbor's house and, 'cause his neighbor always studied lightning and stuff, 'cause his neighbor, 'cause his neighbor was like a scientist or something, and his neighbor made the book come to life. And then when the man opened, and then when the man went back outside and opened the book the, the cloud said, "I'm going to get you!" He said, "No, you are not because I have, 'cause I got, I have a book." And the cloud said, "What are you going to do with the book?" And then he opened the book, and then lightning shot the cloud and the cloud went away forever. [Pause]
JP: That's the end?
RN: Yeah.
JP: Geez and your mother told you that story, in the car? How long ago did she tell you? [Pause] Do you remember when?
RN: A long time ago, I was like seven years old.
JP: Well, thank you Rachel. I really appreciate this.
RN: I made a whole lot of that up.
JP: [Laugh] Did you hear that? She said I made a lot of that up [laugh].
RN: [Laugh].