This essay introduces the author's mentoring relationship with Robin M. Boylorn, whom she advised as a PhD student from 2003 to 2009. It describes their initial meeting and the relationship they developed as Robin completed her dissertation, which became the book Sweetwater . It discusses the ethical issues in doing autoethnographic research about one's family. Though of different races, Robin and her mentor both came from working-class, Southern backgrounds. In Sweetwater , Robin goes back home for both of them. They continue to meet often and enjoy being colleagues, family, and “just folk” together.