WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2018

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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after a relaxing summer, it's time for many of us to start preparing to send our children back to school. Even though my kids are grown, I still remember many back-to-school moments: walking to Hunnewell School for our kids' first day of kindergarten, anxiously awaiting the mail for class lists, and last- minute shopping for school supplies. Perhaps one of my most vivid memories was when our family traveled to Pennsylvania to drop our daughter off for her first year at college. In the weeks leading up to that momentous occasion, I admit I was a bit of an emotional mess. Little things — like shopping for dorm room furnishings — would cause me to get teary eyed, and my husband would reassure me: "She'll only be a seven-hour drive away. This is why they make cell phones. Parents' Weekend will be here before you know it!" When the big day finally arrived, with the dorm room set up, and our first child already acquainted with new friends, I was ready to say "goodbye." My husband, however, was another matter. After we exchanged hugs, we stoically returned to the car, and her younger brother cheered, "Yay! She's finally gone!" I wasn't quite that enthusiastic, but I was in a pretty good place as I knew that she was going to be just fine. After getting in the car, our son noticed his dad who was hunched over the steering wheel, an emo- tional wreck. "What's up with Dad?" he exclaimed, a terrified look on his face. "I haven't seen him like this since Eddie died!" (Eddie was our beloved West Highland terrier.) Fast forward a few years, and this same daughter is getting married six weeks from now. My son and I have a bet as to whether or not his dad will be able to keep it together throughout his father-of-the bride speech. No matter what your own back-to-school experiences are, the privilege of attending a good school is some- thing many of us take for granted. In other parts of the world, though, and even in our own country, a good education is far from a given. In "Razia's Ray of Hope," you'll learn about how together with Afghan native Razia Jan, Wellesley's own Patti Quigley has made it her mission to help young Afghan girls become educated through Razia's Ray of Hope, now celebrating its tenth anniversary. We'll also travel back in time where you'll meet educational trailblazer Ella Lavinia Smith, who in 1888 be- came the second African American woman to graduate from Wellesley College. She later married Dr. Samuel G. Elbert, and their remarkable Elbert Collection is a fascinating and impressive chronicle of the African American experience, and an important part of the Special Collections at Wellesley College. I hope you enjoy all of the articles in this issue and that the back-to-school experience is a pleasurable one for you and your family. J I L L N I L S E N jill @ wellesleywestonmagazine.com C A R O L Y N R O S S editor's letter 16 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 8

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