WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2014

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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200 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 4 There are landscapes one can own – D a n a G i o i a beyond the trees in my backyard, and down the bank was a tall yellow steel crane, straight as a number 2 pencil demolishing my neighbor's house. The man that had lived there was a banker. He was the only banker in town to give my father (an Irishman and outsider) a loan to build his house; leaving my father forever grateful. I could not bear to watch the demolition. Yet, could not not watch in the same way one watches a fallen red-tailed hawk to see if it will rise again. With each collapsing clapboard that fell to the ground, a piece of my childhood was painfully falling away like pick-up sticks removing one memory at a time. Desiring restoration, I tightly closed my eyes and methodically, put the house together again not forgetting the front porch where each visitor's shoes had to remain before entering. The heavy snow began to fall rapidly: Surely the crane will cease from its screeching, laboring pains. There in the darkness was a narrow beam of light shooting from the crane's master's station. Hours later, nothing remained but piles of shard and black space holding up the late evening. Now, it is as if I myself were an Irish immigrant farmer lowing my fields, tending my woods in the shadows of my ancestors. Missing my neighbor's house that vanished into the deep night like a phoenix rising from its ashes. JOANNE N. FORD resides in Wellesley. The Enchanted Forest is the name her father gave the woods in their backyard when Joanne and her brother were children. narrative capturing a moment suburban sketches creative expressions your voice painting a portrait reflections The Enchanted Forest J O A N N E N . F O R D writer last but not least 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 photo- graph depicting life in Wellesley and Weston, we would love to hear from you. Please email your submissions to jill@wellesley- westonmagazine.com. 200_WWMb14_last not least_forest_v2_WellesleyWeston Magazine 4/25/14 1:00 PM Page 200

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