Walking with a Goose

Mother Goose has recently begun a new discipline of recreational walking. It’s fun. It’s relaxing. It’s exercise. And it’s very interesting. The goal of the goose is to walk for at least fifty minutes each day. I try to walk with enthusiasm. I do not walk like this, however…

A good solid energetic walk for Mother Goose brings her around Oak Park to some very interesting places. Here’s our local fire department. They came rushing to our home the day AnnaRose accidentally ate peanut butter cookies and had a prophylactic reaction. We are grateful to live close to the first responders and paramedics.

The next stop is our local branch of the public library, the Dole Learning Center. It was originally a church, then it morphed into a junior college and now a quaint, small library just two blocks from our home. Often Mother Goose stops here to use their pretty restroom, because having walked two blocks, it’s usually time for Mother Goose to “go”.

Isn’t it pretty with those grand windows and all the sunlight beaming in?

Anyway, back to my enthusiastic and energetic walk… I walk by the home of Edgar Rice Burroughs, author of the classic tale, Tarzan the Ape Man. Edgar lived here from 1914 – 1920, but unfortunately I don’t have a picture of his house. You’ll just have to trust the goose on this one.

On and on I go through the village. Walking as quickly as I can — to burn those pesky calories and getting my heart rate up to about 400 takes a lot of enthusiasm. Here’s another famous author’s house:

That’s where Ernest Hemingway was born, but they didn’t know he was going to be a famous author so they moved out of town when he got a little bigger.

It wouldn’t be a decent walk through the neighborhoods unless Mother Goose passed by the home and studio of famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. He originated the Prairie Style of architecture, and they have a public restroom which is very important to Mother Goose.

Walking has become a sort of romance for Mother Goose. I can use this time alone to daydream about life in days gone by. I ponder mysteries of life. I plan stories to tell my dear readers. I make promises to myself. I even imagine that my walking will turn to running soon, and I will register to participate in 5k races in the spring. Imagine Mother Goose in a running outfit with a number on my back and racing shoes on my big webbed feet! It’s a funny thought, isn’t it?

Here’s a home that I walk by every single time that I’m out walking energetically. It’s Mamah’s house.

Mamah was the “scarlet woman” of Frank Lloyd Wright’s life. He was married to Elizabeth and they had a passle of children. Mamah was married to Edwin and they had a couple of kids. They were all friends, and Mamah’s husband, Edwin, asked Frank to design and build a home for him and his family. Well, lo and behold, the architect and Mamah fell in love and became the scandal of Oak Park. It’s a beautifully tragic story which has been published by Random House, and you can read more about it here.

Mother Goose turns a couple more corners and then hits the homestretch which has a dazzling and descending sidewalk which is just what Mother Goose needs at this point in her brisk walk. She checks her watch — fifty minutes have flown by. According to reliable sources (the father of Mother Goose actually!), that’s almost a two-mile hike! Hip hip hooray for Mother Goose! And then she collapses in her chair… But she’ll be back on the walking tour tomorrow!!

Be blessed today wherever the road takes you!

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bunn
    Dec 10, 2011 @ 10:34:19

    Such interesting things to see on your walk! All we see is iron ore dumps and poplar trees. Boring! Now it’s so cold we have to bundle up so much we can barely walk. I suppose we waddle like you!
    Good for you Mother Goose to do this for yourself!


    • Natalie
      Dec 11, 2011 @ 07:12:20

      You could pretend that the ore dumps are mountains! You could imagine that you are walking through the Great Smoky Mountains! Or the Swiss Alps! And your trees are so pretty even in December. PLUS you probably have a lot of chickadees singing!


  2. yearstricken
    Dec 10, 2011 @ 17:03:32

    Thank you for taking us along with you on your walk. What interesting buildings and homes. And each one with a story.


  3. Dianna
    Dec 10, 2011 @ 20:28:16

    Mother Goose, whilst you’re walking next time, keep in mind that you have company – sort of! I’m lucky to make 45 minutes though – usually it’s between 30 and 45 minutes. My walk is in a residential neighborhood though, so it’s a good thing I’m not in need of a restroom. I don’t know my neighbors THAT well!
    Thanks for showing us your scenery!


  4. Natalie
    Dec 11, 2011 @ 07:15:51

    Dianna, you’re so welcome. I will be thinking of you out walking with your camera, I’m sure — capturing SEVERAL sunrises and sunsets in those 45 minutes!


  5. ElizOF
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 03:51:49

    Thanks for the tour… beautiful neighborhood too! ๐Ÿ™‚


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