Knoxville Writers’ Guild Award


In the Car with Mother” won first place in the Creative Nonfiction category of the Knoxville Writers’ Guild 2008 awards.  This piece is about a two-hour trip along the winding roads from Waynesboro to Nashville, as my mother and I travel from her house to mine on Christmas Eve.  It is about family and memories, change and loss, as we make the familiar journey from my hometown to my present home.  It is about the time in our lives when daughters have to take care of their mothers, and mothers begin to slip away, and every moment is precious, especially at Christmas.