Mitzi Boyd and I have shared a lot of laughs while working together at the Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia. Our side discussions have ranged from politics to religion to Seinfeld to philanthropic emergencies to the moronic comments in The Daily Citizen's forum to who performed the best on American Idol during the week. And through the years, she's also shared a few stories from her past with me, prompting me to say, "Wow, Mitzi, you've got to get that story on paper."
She would respond, "I've written a little about it already, but you're right, I need to get serious about my writing. I've got to make it a priority."
She has the same problem a lot of us writers have—she just doesn't have an abundance of free time to nurture her personal writing. The will to write is there, but the time is not.
Mitzi attended one of my writing workshops in Dalton a few years ago, and as expected, she was one of the star students of the class. And so when I started collecting stories for Project Keepsake, I asked her to identify one of her keepsakes and write about it for me.
A few weeks later, she handed me two sheets of typed paper—a first draft of her keepsake story. She was nervous about sharing it with me, but it was great.
Her story about her Nanny's Magic Cake Pan is a lovely tribute to her Nanny Keith. Here's one of my favorite excerpts from Mitzi's story.