August 25, 2014 // 2:13 PM
Meet Your Neighbors: Bob & Mickey Adams
Written by Scott Miller
A Feeling of Family
From the first day Corky moved into the cottage at Garden Spot Village, he felt right at home. So did Bob and Mickey Adams, who brought the handsome black-and-white “tuxedo” cat with them when they moved in last September.
“The folks at Garden Spot Village have been phenomenal,” says Mickey. “From the minute we were assigned this cottage, our future neighbors got in touch with us and included us in all their social activities, like the monthly breakfast at Yoder’s. We felt like we already knew them when we moved in.”
It also helped that they could move in at their own pace.
“The policies here are such that we could move in before we sold our home,” says Bob. After Garden Spot Village painted and installed new flooring, countertops and appliances, Bob and Mickey further customized their home, tweaking the paint and turning a second bedroom into a studio to accommodate his surround sound system and her crafts. “We brought our belongings in a number of car trips rather than cramming everything into one moving day,” he says.
A crafty connection to the community
Children of Baptist preachers, both Bob and Mickey lived in several states as children. They met at church when she was 16. He was 19 and the college advisor to the youth group. They married in 1970, after she finished college, and both taught in the public schools. Bob taught high school math; Mickey taught fifth and sixth grade and served as choral director. They adopted two children from Korea, who are both now grown.
The couple, who lived in Douglassville for the past 11 years, learned about Garden Spot Village from Bob’s sister and her husband, who also plan to move here. About four years ago, Bob and Mickey got on the waiting list—and got involved in the community. Mickey, an avid and talented handicraft enthusiast, decided to volunteer and was assigned to help the craft club at Mountain View about two years ago. The women in the group fell in love with some cards that Mickey had made using a paper craft technique called teabag folding. Out of that grew the Mountain View Vision & Design Team.
“They made some folded paper designs to sell at the Fall Festival, and a buyer from Ten Thousand Villages saw them,” says Mickey. The Mountain View group now develops ideas for artisans in Bangladesh, who produce and sell them through the global fair trade retailer. The experience has given Mickey an opportunity to get to know some of the women in Mountain View.
“I have had some fun experiences with the ladies who are much older than I am,” she says. “My mother is 89 and lives in an apartment by herself. I wish she could move into a place like this.”
Making a proactive move
Making the move in their own time removed a lot of pressure. “I’m glad we didn’t wait until something happened. That would really be a test of nerves,” Bob says.
“When we retired from many years of teaching, it was time to make some decisions,” says Mickey. “We had a family history where relatives hadn’t made proactive choices, and we didn’t want to do that to our kids.”
At Garden Spot Village, the two “preacher’s kids” who joke that neither had a hometown are at home. Mickey still volunteers with the Mountain View Vision and Design team, reads and enjoys music. Bob’s hobbies include reading, current events and the classic ’67 Olds Cutlass 442 in the garage. They both find time to enjoy the camaraderie they find here.
“From the CEO on down, the staff are just so cordial and caring, and the residents are happy,” says Bob. “There’s a spirit here that I attribute wholly to the management. It’s a Christian environment, and that’s always a plus.”
“Things here are well done, thought through, with a lot of caring,” Mickey says. “My opportunity to see behind the scenes at Mountain View helped me see that it’s not just public relations. It’s real.”
Mickey mentions a December snowstorm, when she spotted Scott Weaver, Director of Campus Services, shoveling snow with members of his team.
“He probably could have been sitting in a warm office, but you could see he was having a good time working with his staff. That says a lot,” she says.
In the spirit of service, the couple has volunteered as tour guides for prospective residents and to open their cottage to be shown during Look & Learn tours.
“We hope to inspire others to come here,” says Bob.