WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 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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216 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 4 our routines gather around us. They are there on our agendas, in the paper piles, and on the bulletin boards still overwhelmed with last year's announcements and notices and reminders that only remind us how deep we are in. Our reasons hold us together. They are there in our little niches of thank you cards and homemade gifts, in our stories and our sonnets. They are there in the crayoned scribbles and the aging photographs, curling at the corners, that tell the ways that we love and are loved in return. Our teachers' desks in the English/History office hold such scars of inspiration — along with our coffee cups and laptops. They are tucked tightly into drawers along with the sanitizer, aspirin, cough-drops, and Band-Aids: supplies to brace us in the coming days. As we re-configure our flight paths for the new year, our office chairs sigh as they swish and droop, sag- ging under us and our layers of cardigans and scarves. When the lights went out and the door was locked in late June, our desks and chairs eased gracelessly into the night, like abandoned campsites in winter, watching and waiting for us to return. We always do, forever looking forward and marching on, sometimes a week at a time, sometimes just a class at a time. Now, in late September, our desks seem to pile up on top of each-other, staking their zigzag claims across the industrial tiles and stretching their paper-weighted elbows into the air, nudging and necking as they compete for space. I can hear them groaning under their breaths, already laden with dust but still straining toward sunlight. Bruised and with broken locks, their keys long since lost, the desks connive and collect in huddled masses, leaning on or straining away from each other depending on what the day brings. I see them settle, resigned to their duties of holding things up and holding things in, of containing lists and notes and research and plans and the hopes of each new year. And as they settle, our desks make room for small tea and chocolate comforts — and the collegial camaraderie that floats down from their assigned owners, gentle and buoyed as leaves from a tree. CLAIRE SCHOMP teaches English at Weston High School and lives in Bolton. narrative capturing a moment suburban sketches creative expressions your voice painting a portrait reflections Welcoming Fall C L A I R E S C H O M P 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.

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