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Monologue by Lester T. Smith

Smith, Lester T.
Smith, Eric
Date of Interview: 
Relationships with people and places; Then and now
Lester Smith talks about raising his children.
Charlotte Narrative and Conversation Collection
Collection Description: 
Eric Smith interviews Charlotteans to collect stories for a class project at UNC Charlotte.
Interview Audio: 
LS (Lester Smith): OK, how's it going today? This is Eric's father and we got three kids. One name Karen Allison, Lester Smith Junior, and Lamont and of course Eric. All went to school, doing well and they were fine young men when they growed up. They were coming up. They use to have to get whippings. We had to whip them. But, today I think that's what brought them as far as they are today and going further, I hope. But, it's been rough, we struggled and we also had a good time struggling. They all wanted to be football players. They had a shot at it. My oldest boy he playing, was playing professional football, I don't know what he's going to do this year. But Eric, he was going and he was having a good season until he found out that he couldn't play any more. I hated it 'cause I, it looked liked he really loved playing football. Lamont was the quarterback and he was pretty good and if something went wrong he would have to talk to Junior and they would discuss it and then they'd get back on the field and seem like things would pick up. Other than that, I can say they didn't cause us no trouble, just them little things we all had to go through when we were growing up. Young men now and Karen she got a daughter name Brittany Allison. All loving kids. I tell you, I really appreciate it 'cause they didn't cause me no problems, not real problems. Like I say, little problems we all have. But, we growed up to love each other and that's where we're at today, we love each other. We got one married, and, no two married. Yeah, Karen she was, but she's separated. And Junior, he's trying it and I hope he succeeds and do like his daddy. But with more money than I have now, I, I can't compete with him. But I hope he make and have some nice kids and they treat him like, like my kids have treated me. Like I say, I love them to death and don't want nothing but the best for them. And I'm signing off, I don't know whether this will help anybody or not. All you can do is love your kids and take care of them hope they love you back and be good to them. Thank you.