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Interview with Claire Obert

Obert, Claire
Columbus, Ashley
Date of Interview: 
Stories and storytellers
Claire Obert talks about stories from childhood.
Charlotte Narrative and Conversation Collection
Collection Description: 
Ashley Columbus interviews Charlotteans to collect stories for a class project at UNC Charlotte.
CO (Claire Obert): I was born on June 18th, '88 and I got my name from my grandma because we have the same exact birthday. And so I guess I was my grandma's birthday present.
AC (Ashley Columbus): OK. Are there any stories you remember reading as a child or someone reading to you?
CO: Um, yes there is. I have some of them with me today. One of them is Where the Wild Things Are and that was one of my mom's favorite books and she used to read it to me all the time. And I have The Pop-Up Mice of Mr. Brice and it has all these different things and like you would, you would go to something and this one says, "Now that's more like it." She's a reading mouse so she does that. How The Grinch Stole Christmas. My mom loves this book because she considers herself a grinch. [Picks up another book--The Night Before Christmas] I've read this so many times on Christmas Eve I've practically memorized the book.
AC: OK. Why do these stories stick in your mind?
CO: The reason they stick in my mind is because when I was little my parents used to read them to me a lot and they, and they were, tried help prepare me for the future hoping that I would read a lot and become smart by reading.
AC: When did your parents read these to you? Did they read them at bedtime or?
CO: They read them to me at bedtime, or with my dad, he would just tell me stories whenever I was sitting next to him and I was just sitting there being quiet. He'd [P.A. system announcement interruption].
AC: OK. Since your mom read to you all the time, what, what's your mom like? Tell me a little bit about your mom.
CO: Um, my mom is a very nice lady. Um, she has a job at a hospital. She's a diabetes educator. Um, [P.A. system interruption] um, she tries, if, if you mess up on something, she doesn't just come out there and say, "You idiot. Why'd you do that?" She actually says, "Do you miss, do you not understand this?" and she'll try to help you if you can, tries to get the best for any, everybody and she's a really nice lady.
AC: How old were you when your parents read these stories to you?
CO: I guess after I came home from the hospital they probably started reading to me because they, they like, because they know it's a good to start at an early age reading.
AC: OK. What kind of house did you live in and where is the house?
CO: My, I've been in the same house for since I was a little baby and the house is in Charlotte and it's, it, um, it's a two-story house. It's a nice house. It's a very old house. And, um, it's in a good neighborhood, so it's a good place for me to grow up.
AC: What street is it on?
CO: Um, Meadowdale and Dogwood.
AC: OK Claire. Thank you.