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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with George and Tessie Dyer, March 5, 1980. Interview H-0161. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

The Dyers are glad for their small family

George and Tessie Dyer are glad they only had two children because they were able to meet their financial needs, give them good medical care, and offer them supervision when they were younger. The boys were also very respectful to their parents and grandparents.

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Oral History Interview with George and Tessie Dyer, March 5, 1980. Interview H-0161. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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LU ANN JONES:
Did you want to have more children or did you think two was enough?
TESSIE DYER:
I thought two was enough.
GEORGE DYER:
She didn't want to have no more. There's a lot to figure on raising children. Finance, that means a lot. You got good income and all that, it means. . . .
TESSIE DYER:
I just never did believe in people having children they couldn't provide for them like they should. I'm not bragging, but I do think that we did a good job on that. I really do. They tell me now that wasn't nothing that they didn't want they didn't get. That makes me feel good now.
GEORGE DYER:
We bought them good clothes and everything, had plenty good food to eat. We didn't go without a meal, had good medical attention. They didn't do without a doctor when they was sick.
LU ANN JONES:
How long would you stay out of work after you had your children?
TESSIE DYER:
I guess it was two years, something like that.
LU ANN JONES:
So you would stay with them while they were growing. . . .
TESSIE DYER:
I'd stay here with my mother.
LU ANN JONES:
She must have really had a lot on her hands when you went back to work with two little boys running around.
TESSIE DYER:
She did.
GEORGE DYER:
They mind, though.
TESSIE DYER:
My father thought there wasn't nobody like my two boys.
GEORGE DYER:
They mind, they told them anything, they done it.