Mother Gooses Connects the Dots

These past few days have seen Mother Goose flying from store to store in search of the best back-to-school deals and values. From the rising of the sun ’til the setting of the same, she has been overly occupied with the process of returning some of her children to their various classrooms and preparing some for the GREAT launch out of the nest and into collegehood. There was much packing and organizing of stuff.


Our family enjoyed many fond farewell dinners and meals including an unexpected time at Mancini’s, a treasure of a restaurant at 1111 Lake Street in Oak Park.

Ben (wearing red), Eric (wearing maroon) and Jessi (next to Eric) are all college bound this fall.  Please note the accordionist in the background.

Ben (wearing red), Eric (wearing maroon) and Jessi (next to Eric) are all college bound this fall. Please note the accordionist in the background.

The man playing the accordion is Jerry King who has been playing professionally since he was 13 years old. Here’s the link to his website, and be sure to click on the songs he’s put out for us to sample. His virtuoso style of playing will make you smile and dream of faraway places…

And now for the connection:

As we were chatting with Jerry in between songs, he revealed to us that he used to play regularly at La Creperie in the city. My most loyal readers will surely recall the last visit that we made to that wonderfully shabby genteel French bistro in the city, as well as the sad news that the owners’ son had passed away the day before we were there.

Our new friend, Jerry, has been very dear friends with our French friend, Germain, for a long, long time. In fact, when Jerry played at La Creperie on Thursday evenings through the eighties and nineties, Germain would play his trumpet. If only Mother Goose could hear that duet…

But sadly, this is the day that La Creperie will close its doors for the very last time, and Jerry told us that Germain will be moving to California to be close to his son’s widow and children…

The Chicago Tribune even ran a story about the restaurant and the heartwrenching story of Germain Roignant…

Au revoir!  We will miss you, friend.

Au revoir! We will miss you, friend.

So, the goslings have flown off to college, Germain is flying off to California, Jerry will be playing his amazing accordion music at Mancini’s on Tuesdays and Mother Goose is off connecting the dots to another great adventure… Au revoir!

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bunn
    Aug 22, 2013 @ 13:07:46

    What a week Mother Goose! Whew!


  2. Dianna
    Aug 22, 2013 @ 13:16:26

    Wow – isn’t it funny how lives intertwine sometimes..???


    • Natalie
      Aug 23, 2013 @ 09:15:45

      Dianna, such a beautiful tapestry of “life threads” woofing and warping, back and forth creating a splendid design of connections…


  3. Three Well Beings
    Aug 22, 2013 @ 16:38:28

    I can’t believe you have three going off to college! What must that feel like? Are you on an emotional roller coaster? I’m sure it is bittersweet, no matter how eager everyone is to launch into their futures. 🙂 Germaine’s loss may be somewhat lighter in the sharing with his son’s family. I pray so…if he opens up a new creperie in California maybe one day I will meet him! ox


    • Natalie
      Aug 23, 2013 @ 09:17:38

      Debra, I’m happy, I’m sad, I’m adjusting… good thing I have six children plus a stepson — there will never be a truly empty nest for Mother Goose. If I hear more about where dear Germain settles, I will let you know what his plans are… who knows where this thread is leading?


  4. jacullman
    Aug 23, 2013 @ 07:34:48

    Oh! Noooooooo! Not La Creperie!


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