WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2015

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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224 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 5 it wasn't the graduation ceremony that made me cry; it was that last walk home alone from school. For fourteen years I had been walking with one of my three children to and from our local elementary school for each morning drop off and each afternoon pickup. Only the most extreme New England weather kept me from my ritual. Wellesley's unique configuration of local neighborhood schools, less than a mile (and often just blocks) away from most students' homes, encourages walking as one of the easiest options for getting to and from school. In fact, my children and I would often wonder why parents bothered to drive, since we often passed them, walking faster than they got there wait- ing in the carline. Walking to school let us test the weather to make sure we were dressed right for the day, give the dog some exercise, and catch up with neighbors. But what really made walking special was that uninterrupted time. No phones, no radio, no tech- nology — nothing but our walk together. Questions asked about what lay ahead that day on the walk there, and then how it all went on the way home. Time to hear about struggles with math, the latest drama with friends, and to just listen about what was important. Time to just be present. When my oldest daughter, now in college, had her last day of elementary school, my husband offered to walk her since he was home that morning. I quickly, and not so politely, declined. I cried on my solo return home because I knew it was the beginning of letting go, as she would be taking a bus to middle school. But I still had two left in the nest. Today, I cried once more. Walking home alone after parting with my youngest on this, her last day of elementary school, I reflected on these fourteen years. I returned to work several years ago, but arranged for part-time hours so I could be home when my kids were. So I could continue to be there for every walk. As I came through the door on that beautiful spring morn- ing, my husband was there in the kitchen, looked up from reading the paper, and just let me cry on his shoulder for a minute. It was the end of an era. But one that has been so blessed for our family and for which I feel so very fortunate. The school system released the bus routes for middle school and my daughter's stop is around the corner. The dog really does need a morning walk, so maybe I'll ask my daughter if we can join her on her way there — just that first day. MARIBETH SANABRIA lives in Wellesley and works as both a freelance editor and a teacher in the Weston Public Schools. narrative capturing a moment suburban sketches creative expressions your voice painting a portrait reflections Walks to Remember M A R I B E T H S A N A B R I A 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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