In 1976 Dwight Childers talked with his uncle, Frances David Childers (1893 – 1983), about how people lived when he was a boy in the mountains of NC.
At that time everybody in the whole world, Virginia and everywhere, was livin’ like I was. The’ [wudn] none of this fancy stuff then. I’ve traced back and found out about people ‘t knowed. All lived like I did. Just scratch and scratch, that’s all the’ was to it.
Between the time when Frances was a child in the mountains of NC and today there have been boom times and bust times.
Since my area seems to be stuck in a bust time I’d wager, many people here would feel sorta like Frances described “Just scratch and scratch, that’s all the’ was to it.”
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