Helping a person turn the dream of writing her life story into the reality of holding a book in her hands is a great privilege and an amazing joy for me. I also come to know each person I work with as a friend over the course of the project even though my clients come from all over the United States, and many times our work is done via email, telephone, and Skype sessions, not face-to-face.
Such is the case of Margie Carter Woods of Pass Christian, Mississippi. I first talked with Margie in 2012 after she sent me a story she wrote about a moment when her parents visited her and her family in Antigua. It was a sweet story about her mother and children sitting on a donkey owned by one of the locals so Margie could take a photo. That one little story grew into an amazing book currently in production.
Last week when I flew into New Orleans to visit my parents, Margie and her friend, Janet, drove to the airport for our first face-to-face meeting. We recognized each other immediately and hugged like old friends.
“You’re shorter than I thought you would be,” I told her.
“So are you,” she replied.
Then, we shared a meal of shrimp and grits and talked like old friends catching up after a long absence. This was a sweet time I will treasure. I won’t be there to see the look on Margie’s face when she receives her books, but this was the next best thing. Thank you, Margie, for being such a great client, and now, a good friend.