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Interview with Krista Serge

Serge, Krista
Huss, Jennifer
Date of Interview: 
Overcoming obstacles; Relationships wth people and places; Childhood adventures; Stories and stortellers
Krista Serge talks about a time when she rode her bike and participated in a parade.
Charlotte Narrative and Conversation Collection
Collection Description: 
Jennifer Huss interviews Charlotteans to collect stories for a class project at UNC Charlotte.
Interview Audio: 
KS (Krista Serge): My story is about when I was like, in the fourth, third grade and I went to West Virginia to stay with my grandma over the summer and my mom had to come up and it was me and my brother and cousins. I had like, I had like, three other, three or four other cousins. But there was going to be, every year they have this parade [laugh]. And keep in mind this little town in West Virginia is tiny, it's like, it's maybe 50 people in there. I'm just kidding. OK, and so they have this parade. And you can be in the parade if you want to be in [laugh] the parade and so-. OK, so of course, being the little kids that we are, we wanted to be in the parade. So we knew about the parade before we went to West Virginia. So we brought our bicycles to West Virginia, my mom and dad had to go buy a bike rack to put on the Oldsmobile [laugh] so we could take the bikes to West Virginia. So we went out that day, it was me and my brother and my other two cousins and my grandma and my mom. We went and bought like crepe paper and stuff to decorate the bikes, OK. So we went home and all day we decorated them, we tied crepe paper all over it. You know, I think that's all we probably put on them. What else could you put on bikes?
JH (Jennifer Huss): You didn't have your baby dolls on your bike?
KS: No baby dolls. We had a basket though, we had baskets. I don't know what we put in the basket though, probably drink. OK, so the ride from where the, where we were going to hop into the parade to where the parade actually ended was like 10 miles. Up and down these hills 'cause West Virginia's mountainy. So that day, like at like, I guess the parade was coming by at like at probably five or six and my cousins went out to eat with their mom and dad and they were supposed to be back in time for the parade. Well they did not get back in time for the parade, so me and my brother are very upset. So we decided we were going to go in the parade without them. So the parade went by the house and we hopped in it on our bikes [laugh]. We are riding along. And my mom and grandma they were following behind the parade somehow, somewhere, I don't know if they were actually behind us but they were somewhere. And so we were pedaling and it's hot and I'm overweight [laugh] and-.
JH: [Laugh] You were overweight as a child?
KS: Yes [laugh]. OK, keep in mind I was in the fourth grade, so yes, I was a very heavy little one. And there is ten-, it was a ten mile bike ride and mom and grandma said, "You will not make the ride," but we said, "Yes, we will." So it's like up and down these hills. Well along the way [laugh] we could not ride no more. We was hot, we was tired, and Caleb, he probably could have kept going, but I said, "No more." So, we had to stop and pull over and I was a crying because I was upset.
JH: You wanted a funnel cake?
KS: [Laugh] Yes, I wanted a funnel cake. And it's too hot and I could not keep going up and down the hills so the parade went on without us. [Laugh] And this person in a truck had to put our bikes in the back of the truck. [Laugh] And we hopped in and we ride along in the parade and my mom and grandma they were driving along and they found us and [laugh] they picked us up. And I was crying because I didn't want to ride anymore. And then we met at the end of the parade and that was it [laugh].