WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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narrative capturing a moment suburban sketches creative expressions last but not least your voice From One Mini to Another M A G G I E M U L Q U E E N writer painting a portrait reflections in suburbia, you are known by your car. Changing tity as a couple, but from a new vantage point. In contrast to cars relegates you to anonymity. People no longer wave or us, it had low mileage and no scratches. It was a used car which look for you when they see your car parked at the store. Your fit the budget of a family with multiple college tuitions, but the car is your identity; it defines you in many ways, for example, if lifestyle of newfound freedom. you have children and their ages (car seats vs. college stickers). I was worried. Would I remember how to drive standard? Personally, I am not sentimental about cars. To me, a car is Would this car be reliable? How would it do in the snow? I simply a mode of transportation that allows me to live my life. needed safety, not just fun. My husband reassured me that I place a huge premium on safety and good karma. But some- indeed I would remember how to shift gears and that there were how I found myself trading in my solid, silver minivan for a many practical, good features to this sport coupe. I just needed red, two-door Mini Cooper. to look past the shiny color and racing stripes. For ten years I had driven my minivan between home and So there we were, trading in the minivan, and I started to work, from one sporting event to the next and back again. All cry. I said goodbye to a long and largely happy chapter in my three of my children learned to drive and we moved two chil- life. The minivan had served us well and I was grateful. But my dren into college in that car. There had been no accidents and husband was right: the promise held by the next chapter was no major repairs — good karma indeed. But with our last child waiting and it was tempting. I got into the driver's seat, turned a senior in high school, the reality of life as I'd come to define the radio to the station of my choice, and opened the sunroof. it was coming to a close. Driving a minivan by yourself is a I started to drive and quickly my confidence grew as I learned lonely experience. the pattern of gears for this car. Soon I was making doughnuts That doesn't mean I was ready for this transition. I was and laughing through my tears. worried that selling the minivan before my youngest got into Leaving can be hard and transitions are rarely easy. I am not college would jinx his chances, kind of like redecorating your sure if our children appreciated how ready we were to move on child's bedroom before he leaves for college. The Mini Cooper to the next phase of our lives, but I am happy to say I haven't would not fit our whole family. What message would that send stalled out yet, not even once. We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 3 to our kids? (Don't even think about moving home?) MAGGIE MULQUEEN, Ph.D., a psychologist and author, lives in Wellesley. My husband had a different take on the situation. He had good, practical reasons for wanting to trade in the minivan, and he also had the spark of excitement about what lay ahead for us. The Mini Cooper harkened back to our days BC (before Be Creative This page is designed to give our readers the opportunity to express themselves creatively. If you have a short piece of fiction (300-500 words), a poem, illustration, or photograph depicting life in Wellesley and Weston, we would love to hear from you. E-mail submissions to jill@wellesleywestonmagazine.com. children) — a true date mobile, which would reclaim our iden- 204

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