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Dedicated to Mabel Council Johnson

When we first moved to Windsor Point, a continuing care retirement community, one of the first people we met was Mabel Johnson.  She was a retired high school teacher and lived just down the hall from us.  She became a dear friend.  She was a radiant Christian and had taught SS in various churches for more than 60 years.  I spent lots of time with her while I was writing an article about her for the Faquay Varina Independent. I longed to write an entire book about her, but my health problems as well as hers kept me from it.  But her attitude about life and her desire to walk closely with our Lord, plus many interesting experiences she shared with me, kept her alive to me after she died.  When she was in her last illness, someone commented that not many people lived to be more than 95 years old, “But you have.”  Mabel responded, “Yes, and I have had fun all the way.”

This book is NOT a biography of Mabel Council Johnson, but I hope her spirit comes through in the fictional account I wrote.  I remind you it is fiction, but those of you who were fortunate to know her will see glimpses of her, I hope.  I trust you will recognize some great truths she shared with me.  She told me once that she loved each of her husbands the same.  She also loved to tell about meeting them on the same day–when she came to Fuquay Varina High School to begin her teaching career.  I think she would approve of what I have written!

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Why I wrote Mabel’s Way

I heard people referring to a retirement center as the “home.”  And heard comments about older people not having any fun.  I was not motivated yet. I thought I had retired from writing novels.

Then, enter a new neighbor: Dr. Robert Holt, into the apartment across the hall. He read my other books and immediately began to pester me to write this book.  I fought him for a year.  Then, I found myself making notes about funny or poignant incidences that had happened  at Windsor Point, the CCRC  where we live.  I began to wonder “What could happen if—?”

It became great fun.  Now, if you do not like Mabel’s Way, blame Bob.  If you like it, give him credit.

Lila

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