WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 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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Connecting Two Worlds flavor of their lives without it, they get a sense of freedom. It helps them focus on what they're doing. They can't let off steam with friends elsewhere. They have to bring it to the group. It was part of learning to deal with each other directly and respectfully. They let go and they loved it." For Rebecca Smith, 17, the service project provided opportunities to get to know the Dominican people. Her Spanish improved while speaking with several 12-year-old boys who were learning to speak English. A 7-yearold boy taught her group how to swing an unfamiliar type of axe properly. "I learned how satisfying it is when you can communicate with people you thought you couldn't." Traveling to and from work sites, Pam Emslie told jokes. "We'd all be laughing together," says Smith. "Then the Dominicans would tell jokes in Spanish and it worked the same way. We all shared the same sense of humor. It goes back to the bird connecting two worlds, that we're not so different from them." Smith said a particularly memorable experience occurred when they attended Sunday mass at the Catholic Church in town. "It was all in Spanish. We couldn't really understand what was going on but could feel the energy. There were guitars and lively music. In the on, his clothes all torn, entered the church. He got down on his knees in front of the cross and moved his hands in the signs of the 91 f a l l 2 0 1 3 | We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e middle of the service, a man with no shoes

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