Hello Columbus, Goodbye Chicago (Phillip Roth got it wrong).


It has been quite a journey with our children.


Our oldest, son Chase, began his journey in Boston, at Berkeley School of Music (and then the world).


Our daughter, on no less an illustrious path, first with a bachelors in Business from Tulane University, and then a post-bac in Science from Loyola in Chicago, on her way to receiving a DVM from Ohio State University, is in tow.


While Chase was in Boston, I discovered the Eliot Hotel, which turned out to be the best place in the Universe to visit our son (and hang your hat on the way to Europe, and then again, on your return).


“So wonderful to see you again Mrs. Nicholl. Did you enjoy your visit for Thanksgiving with your daughter in France?’.


“Why yes I did. Do you have a very dry white ready for me in my rooms?”.



“Yes, we do. And plenty of ice”.



“Is this the same suite that you’re willing to forego your ‘Smoking Policy’ on?”.


“Why, yes it is”.


“Perfect. You remember that I tip well?”.


“Yes, we do”.




“Is there anything else we can do for you?”.


“Don’t wake me ’till noon even if the fire alarm goes off. I have a 3’oclock flight. I’d like to be on it”– Or, something like this from a Betty Grable movie.


I always loved Betty.


Anywho, our youngest, daughter Bryn, has left Chicago for Columbus, Ohio, to earn her DVM at The Ohio State University, and I committed (like any good mother would) to helping her move (which translates to bleeding from the wrists) to her new apartment.


After a four day moving delay, the threat of breach of relocation contract, sleeping on floors, two nights at a Hilton, one night at a friends, and pillows from KMart, we finally got her settled and I returned to my beloved New Orleans, the husband, the cats, and a load of laundry, with a smile on my face, and a tear for Chicago.


Oh, how you shall be missed.




Taken, by me, on the last night of her residency. What a city! PINIMAGE

Taken, by me, on the last night of her residency. What a city!

  • William Kendall - That counts as a chaotic move.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Oh God. It really was. Just the physical labor involved, the driving, the dealing with inept people, and all the while trying to support her as she starts Vet school. I’m exhausted.ReplyCancel

  • Cary Vaughn - Kmart pillows?!?! You poor thing. It warms my heart to know what you sacrifice for your children. Much love to you.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Can you imagine? KMart! Polyfoam. Cotton/poly-ply pillow cases. A blanket on the floor! A single dangling lightbulb above!!… at least there was wine- but PAPER CUPS! The list of sacrifices go on and on…ReplyCancel

  • Lynda@fitnessmomwinecountry - Cheryl, what an adventure. So bittersweet right? Our oldest really never let me move him. I am hoping our middle son our daughter will let me have that experience. Welcome back homeReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Thanks! It good to be back! Happy to see you Lynda! Always a pleasure my dear!ReplyCancel

  • Kb Cash - Proper tipping is a lost art. Well done.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Roy - You are fabulous! xoReplyCancel

  • Kathleen O'Donnell - Definitely a perk to paying for college…cool cities to go visit! Chicago is one of the few places I haven’t been. I wanna go though. Shop that miracle mile!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - The Mile is a miracle- at evacuating your wallet!ReplyCancel

  • Roshni - Congratulations to your daughter! And, I loved how you dealt with the minions…err…I mean, hotel staff!!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Thank you and experience does pay off sometimes! HA!ReplyCancel

  • When Crazy Meets Exhaustion - You are SO proper 🙂 And hey–did I miss the HGTV post? Help a dummy out!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - SO.(hehehehe) and No. I haven’t posted it yet bc the idiots haven’t scheduled our episode yet and I’d like it to coincide w THE e-p-i-s-o-d-e, which I’m starting to think might never air. Jesus, you’d think HGTV would have their shit together. NOT. I’ll let you know. Thanks for asking my dear.ReplyCancel

  • Sue Pekarek - Love that Bryn is going to become a vet. Our pup almost died a few weeks ago and the doctors saved her life.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Ben’s counting on her to put HIM down when the day comes. So happy your pup was saved- which is much more important then what I just said.ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - I do hope you find another hotel as accommodating. It’s really getting to be a bear while traveling if one smokes as (obviously) we both do. Congratulations to your high achieving children. ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - Any post that mentions Philip Roth gets my attention! And of course, you do rock, Cheryl!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Thank you dear Carol. I think we both have the ‘rockin’ thing down. HahaaaaaaReplyCancel

  • Tammy - Does your kidlet know how damn lucky she is to have you for her mother? If not, what’s her phone number? I’ve never been to Chicago but I see it on the new a lot. I’m thinking there is a lot more to it than that. One day!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Chicago is the best America has to offer- big city living with a small town feel. International vibe with midwestern kindness. Clean. Green. and not mean. Seriously- I could live there. Maybe we should visit- together?ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDaniel - You mean you actually got to smoke! It is becoming so hard to find a good hotel where we can still light up!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Oh yes. I find I can ‘smoke’ in a lot of hotels. You just have to ‘inquire’. -wink-ReplyCancel

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