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Learning to Love Willie




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The BOOB Girls Book VIII: Learning to Love Willie

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I Do Not Like Thee Doctor Fell


I do not like thee Doctor Fell

The reason why, I cannot tell

But this I know and know full well

I do not like thee Doctor Fell


It was the beautiful spring day that required sitting on the patio. A large pitcher of iced tea sat in the center of the table. Hadley, Robbie and Marge were leaning forward, listening to Robbie read the latest news on her computer. Alphonso and Raven were at a neighboring table listening to the Kansas City Chief’s radio on Alphonso’s smart phone. Nothing could ruin a day like this. Nothing could even look ugly.


That was when Mary Rose McGill and Wiley Vondra hurried onto the patio.


“Look what I got in the mail today!” Mary Rose shouted.


Wiley made a quick beeline for Alphonso and Raven. He looked ready to burst into laughter.


Mary Rose sat down with the girls and pulled a shoe box from beside her. She placed it delicately on the table and opened it. Inside, Marge could make out something bright pink and fuzzy. They leaned farther forward. Robbie closed her computer.


Mary Rose pulled the pink fuzzies out of the box.


“Just watch,” she said. She slipped out of her sandals and slid her feet into huge, fuzzy slippers. Hadley could see they were shaped like bunnies.


“Bunny slippers?” Hadley said, a smile crossing her face.


“Just watch,” Mary Rose said, her eyes twinkling. She didn’t see Wiley motion with his head for Raven and Alphonso to watch.


Mary Rose put her feet firmly on the patio floor. The ears spread out at least a foot on each side.


“You’re going to trip on those!” Robbie said, her eyebrows having a conversation with her hairline.


“Just watch,” Mary Rose said once more.


She grabbed the ends of the ears of the slipper on her left foot, wrapped them around her ankle and tied them in the front. She did the same with the other slipper on the other foot.


A grin crinkled Raven’s mouth. Alphonso’s eyebrows went up to match Robbie’s. Wiley shook his head and grinned.


The girls seated at the table stared at Mary Rose McGill’s feet and said nothing.


After a full three minutes, Marge braved speaking up.


“Those are the ugliest slippers I’ve ever seen!” she said.


Mary Rose laughed. “Aren’t they?” She looked at her friends. “They come from an old friend of ours.” She paused, but no one said anything. “Willie Winkie!” she exclaimed looking around.


“That explains everything,” Robbie declared.


“He enclosed a note,” Mary Rose said, taking a card from her pocket. She read it aloud. “Mary Rose, I created these and thought of you.” She looked around again. All three girls nodded. “I am in California, doing my designer thing and doing quite well. The evil Doctor Fell is still in prison and as far as I’m concerned, he can stay there forever. I am forever grateful to you and the BOOB Girls for being my angels when we were together and Fell was trying to kill me and take over the Winkie business. I hope the dining room was redone to your liking. I am still sorry it burned during our fashion show. Bunny hug, Willie.”


“Oh, the memories,” Hadley said. They looked at Raven.


“I really don’t want to remember,” he said.


They laughed.


“They’re going to talk about it anyway,” Alphonso said. “I’ll go get us some beers.”



Remember this from BOOB Girls VIII: Learning to Love Willie



Dr. Fell laughed his evil laugh and ignited the dining room curtain with his cigarette lighter.


It burst into flames and spread in seconds. The sprinkler system did not need to be tested. It turned on and soaked the guests immediately.


Dr. Fell slipped out the side door with Raven close behind him. Following him was Marge Aaron, doing a power limp with the help of her red cane. Geoffrey was close behind them, taking giant leaps and barking his, “time to play,” bark.


Through the dining room windows, Hadley, Robbie, Mary Rose and Alphonso watched with Wiley Vondra as both Raven and Geoffrey tackled Dr. Fell. Raven got to his feet first, pulled Dr. Fell upright and turned him toward Marge, who tasered him beautifully with her red cane. He fell like a concrete block.


Willie Winkie, the designer of fashionable nightwear for seasoned women, peered out from his hiding place under the table, the white tablecloth draped over his head.

A Note From Joy



Learning to Love Willie is a spin-off on nursery rhymes. In it we meet Merry Mary, Quite Contrary, who has a truck garden just outside Omaha, the evil Dr. Fell, the Old Woman Who Lived in A Shoe and the Three Blind Mice whose tails were cut off by the farmer’s wife – a clear case of harming the handicapped. It is a fun book and once again, we guarantee you will laugh out loud.


The next blog will come to you from Philadelphia, Ted’s hometown. We are going back to visit his sister, Yvonne, and will be met by family from California, so it will be reunion time. We will take a short trip to Washington DC where I will go to the Holocaust Museum while the rest of the family visits the African American Museum.


Another of my notes in this blog come from an elegant and delightful “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” tea held here at Arboretum Village, Ted’s and my Meadow Lakes. It was a time when we all wore our little black dresses and remembered our pearls.


This picture is of three BOOB Girls, Susie, me – seated at the table- and Ms. Mickey who was the glamorous hit of the morning with her fancy hat and cigarette holder. And you thought all we did in a retirement community was sit in our apartments and watch TV!

Be careful. Be safe. Stay upright.


Now that we are opening up some, I will be available for speaking. The BOOB Girls Talk will be shorter, 30-40 minutes, and will be available only within 150 miles of Omaha.


For information, email joy.johnson@msn.com or call at 403-639-2030,


This is a laugh out loud talk that includes how older women are beautiful and BOOB Girl Books will be waiting for you.





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