Interview with Nancy Hunsucker

Nancy Hunsucker was interviewed by Lauren Spindler on April 18, 2010.

Nancy Hunsucker is 54 years old, and lives with her husband in Wake Forest, North Carolina.  Nancy grew up in Reidsville, and was an only child.  Nancy and her husband have four children, and she is currently a third grade teacher at Aldert Root Elementary School, in Wake County.

Nancy’s Thoughts on Family

When discussing family relationships, Nancy spoke very highly of her aunt, whom she greatly admired.

My aunt who I’ve always been extremely close to, she never married, and my children were like her grandchildren because my mom worked. When my children had chicken pox my mom would say, “Well call Aunt Parilee,” that was her name, “and see if she’ll come.”  So Anna had always known my aunt almost like a grandmother because my mother died back in ’86.  So my mother never ever knew about my youngest son or Anna.  So she kind of was like the grandmother.  She was really cool because she was just a year older than my mom and she had these hot pink high heeled shoes and I thought it was so cool to go out there and just get in her shoes, get in her car and just pretend to be driving that car all over the place.  I just spent a lot of time with her, just hanging out with her and watching her get dressed, and I don’t know, just simple fun stuff. 

Listen to the audio of Nancy’s response about her aunt.

On High School 

When we discussed her high school career, Nancy described this story.

Well, I told you I was in the Bible club, which was very unusual for a high school to even have; we had Bible classes we could take.  I was in a group, I wasn’t in the popular group, the real popular group, and I wasn’t in the really unpopular group, but I was in this middle, really Christian group.  But I never exactly fit in really.  Because it was very fundamental, in that, I mean I took Bible classes, I loved learning all the stories and the history behind it all.  But they believed that woman should not be ministers and a woman’s place was in the home.  I never was exactly like that.  I didn’t see anything wrong with women being ministers.  But I dated a guy in high school for four years, well, tenth, eleventh and twelfth and part of my freshman year in college.  He was really into the Bible and all that part of the religion and everything.  So I had a really hard time with it because I questioned things, and you weren’t supposed to question things.

Listen to the audio of Nany’s response about high school.

Nancy’s thoughts on teaching

When asked if she had always wanted to teach, Nancy said:

When I was growing up, and then going to college, you went to college you majored in something. You worked for a little while, just until you found your husband then you were supposed to get married and then you could just have your children and who cared about whether you worked or not.  My goal was to just teach, have children, and then quit teaching, but I loved it.  I guess it’s the drama queen in me, I love, I just love teaching.  I love to see what I can do to change kid’s lives.

Listen to the audio excerpt about Nancy’s thoughts on teaching.

On Historically Significant Events

When discussing historical events during her lifetime, Nancy recalled this:

the 9/11 when you were just really scared because you weren’t sure what was happening.  For that one day, everybody was, well everybody was afraid that they were going to go and try to hit every capital city in America.  Teaching in a capital city, everybody was really worried about what was going on, and that was really scary because you realize something bad happened but you couldn’t act like anything bad had happened.  You couldn’t wait until there was a break so you could go talk to somebody to see what was going on. 

Listen to the audio about this event.

Advice for Future Generations of Women

When asked what her advice would be to future generations of women, Nancy laughed and said:

Listen to your parents.  I would say, soak up your experiences.  It is true that, you say you won’t turn into your mom, but you do, even though you think you won’t.  Don’t see older people as not having some kind of advice to offer you, you don’t always have to agree with everything, but don’t just discount what people tell you just because of the age they are, the age you are.  There’s wisdom from older generations, there’s always wisdom.  There’s also wisdom from mistakes that other people can help you avoid if you will just pay attention.  I think sometimes we don’t wholly think so differently, I know they don’t know what I’m going through but they really do know, they really do know.  They really were your age at one time, they really did have those feelings and those thoughts.  They really can empathize with you, even though you may not think they can.

Listen to the audio of Nancy’s advice.

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