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Monologue by Dorethea Smith

Smith, Dorethea
Smith, Eric
Date of Interview: 
Relationships with people and places; Childhood adventures; Then and now
Dorethea Smith talks about growing up and raising her own children in a Christian home.
Charlotte Narrative and Conversation Collection
Collection Description: 
Eric Smith interviews Charlotteans to collect stories for a class project at UNC Charlotte.
Interview Audio: 
DS (Dorethea Smith): I will talk about [pause] being the youngest of eight children. My childhood was full of happiness, love, joy. I think a lot of that is because I was the youngest. I always had somebody doing something for me or telling me they loved me and showing me that they loved me. As I grew older, there were chores that I had to learn how to do. But somebody would always, uh, would say, one of my sisters or brothers would say, uh, "I'll do it. Just go ahead on." And it continued on like that until almost when I became a teenager. Um, but it was so much fun because I was brought up in a Christian home and my mom and my dad, uh, they went all out to do all they could to be sure that we were happy, that we knew about Jesus, and to be thankful for what we had. My father died when I was in the ninth grade, so the chore of finishing raising me fell upon my mom and my sisters and brothers, who continued to make sure that I was, uh, doing the right things, learning discipline and, um, to be self-reliant and, um, doing all the things that a, a little teenager would do. And then, as I got older and got married, I had got married to a lovely, uh, to a wonderful young man, we have three chil-, three boys and one girl. And they're all grown now. But, um, I'm thankful to the Lord that, uh, that I had a good upbringing because I was able to pass on these things to my children who, I hope, in turn, will pass on to their own children. There is nothing more important than being loved and shown that you are loved and in a Christian atmosphere. Because once you have that basic of a Christian atmosphere you may [telephone ring] stray but you eventually come back to this. And I hope and pray that they will be able to pass on these things to their children. I'm just pleased to talk about it.