Café Crem

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The MiniBar in Cafe Crem

About one year ago, I was confiding privately to Susan Cornelis my dreams about Cafe Crem. I wanted it to be an inspirational place for artists, musicians and writers, a place with many different beautiful rooms. And this is what it has become now, a development I am very proud of.

But there was something more I told her.  Something of which I particularly dreamt. I wanted in Cafe Crem a special place for children, for their art, their words, all of what makes them so unique. I had ideas like choosng a theme -at that moment I thought of “The Little Prince”…- and inviting parents to post their kid’s drawings, poetry, whatever, on this theme.

Soon I abandoned the idea, first because I realised that having no children myself nor any child “available” in my close environment I couldn’t contribute myself. And anyway, it is clear that people have no time for my dreams, it’s hard enough realising their own!

But this dream haunts me regularly, and some days ago, it hit me particularly strongly as I read  Shelley’s Post 

“Pink Lemonade” :

“… Picasso said it took him a lifetime to paint like a child, so I always pay close attention to what my children draw. I think my lesson here is that I need to loosen up a little bit more with my writing… “

And then again, 2 days ago… Kevin was very poorly and had to stay in bed most of the time. I mentioned he was ill to Pomme, my wonderful friend in France, and a little bit later I received a mail with a drawing attached, made by her little boy for Kevin. To make him laugh and feel better – and in fact Kevin laughed and felt better as he saw it! At that moment I knew that it was time realise my dream!

So, dear Cafe Cremers, we still have some room free here in Cafe Crem and I absolutely want to dedicate it to children. This is why I now announce the opening of:

“The Minibar”.

I suppose this will be the last room I open for a long time, but certainly not the least!

I invite everybody to post here drawings, paintings, poetry, words, from their own children, from themselves as they were children, from children from their families or acquaintances.I have no doubt that their works will be inspirational for all of us…  listen to Picasso!

I will inaugurate the Minibar with the drawing which gave me the last necessary kick to take this step, the drawing for Poorly Kevin, later on today.

By Miki


January 24, 2009 - Posted by | Art, children, friends, fun, humor, life, Parents and Children, personal


  1. I’m certainly looking forward to what goes on display in the Minibar! I think as we leave our childhood behind, we often leave behind that which is magical in all of us, and I hope through this new room we can recapture some of that, and channel it into our own creativity.

    Comment by kevmoore | January 24, 2009

  2. Oh this should be such fun as my youngest daughter (10 years) is so much into her own world of painting, drawing, making up her own Christmas cards for her friends and even designing her own Birthday Invitations. And that is just the beginning. Right now she is making me scrambled eggs because she loves to cook every chance she gets.

    Comment by Michael | January 24, 2009

  3. Good Morning Michael and Miss Scrambled Eggs!
    Great news! Yes, this would be great fun, I would be more than happy to see some of her art work here! You know, this might even sometimes motivate her to continue with art, as often children stop when they reach adolescence. But according what you are telling, she seems to be much more into art than a “normal child” in her age. This all simply sounds wonderful!

    Comment by Miki | January 24, 2009

  4. “And anyway, it is clear that people have no time for my dreams, it’s hard enough realising their own!”

    This made me sad, Miki, because it has some truth, though not in the terms you use here. I think I have time to for your dreams; and I think maybe the others here feel the same. This whole site is about sharing dreams, of all sorts, and doing so in a very gentle way.
    I’m sure you are familiar with the poem by WB Yeats, He wishes For the Cloths of Heaven, which ends with the beautiful words, “Tread softly because you tread on my dreams”. Here we are shaking out our dreams like lovely embroidered cloths, for others to marvel at and be inspired by.

    Comment by viv66 | January 24, 2009

  5. Beautifully said, Viv! Very very touching…
    Yes, of course, everybody here helps me realising my dream, and I always hope that I can help them too realising their dreams.
    What makes me sometimes sad is that we all have so little time for all the wonderful things we would love to achieve. We must always make choices, according to our priorities. I am often so sad that I can’t find the time to visit my friends’ blogs, he really deeply hurts me. And this is why I am so happy about this place here, we can at least be some time together, in a beautiful natural way.
    And you are so right… Cafe Crem is certainly a place where WE ALL share our dreams and support each other in their realisation.
    Many times I would love to scream
    “Thank you so much!”
    and I do it sometimes, but honestly, if I was listening to my heart, Cafe Crem would be full of love messages to all of you here!
    A special thanks to you tonight, Viv, you bring so much to all of us here!

    Comment by Miki | January 24, 2009

  6. I once with my best friend here in Saint-Adele built a web site called

    It was all about reading the cartoon versions of biographies that we (Remi Makhoul and I) mashed together with cartoons of famous people and their biographies from Wikipedia. We believed that if kids were given the chance to know about the biographies of people especially their childhoods there might be a chance that a “spark” would go off and at a younger age and with more certainty they (the children) would find their dreams faster and parents and teachers could help them realize them by encouraging them. Unfortunately Remi died almost four years ago and he was paying for the site and expenses and it has been shut down. I feel Remi today visited Cafe Crem after I saw the stars in Sarah’s eyes, just like I have seen them in all my children because I personally keep their dreams alive with every available tool and idea I can think of. MiniBar is a testament to KidzDreamTeam and I just gotta say thanks for the memory and perhaps we will inspire Sarah and other children to go further as Miki said before they reach adolescence. I fully agree with what she was saying about that. Thanks Miki for making my day. My wife once said,”He who takes my children by the hand takes me by the heart.” Cheers!!!!

    Comment by Michael | January 24, 2009

  7. Oh, my kids are going to love this! Thank you so much, Miki, for giving all of us this wonderfully supportive place to realize our creative talents. The MiniBar is going to be such a rich addition to this beautiful cafe!

    Comment by shelleymhouse | January 24, 2009

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