WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2013/2014

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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narrative capturing a moment suburban sketches creative expressions last but not least your voice An Oasis for All Seasons PAT T Y L E N Z B O V I E writer painting a portrait reflections when the boredom breathes heavy in our home and Maybe From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. the bickering begins, my two girls, ten and seven, and I head Maybe The Secret Garden. Or maybe A Long Way From Chicago, to the Wellesley Public Library. The ride over usually escalates which the smiling librarian touts as "her favorite." Then I sink to a potpourri of pinching, punching, and all-out bawling. I into a comfy chair, flip through the pages, and remember what roll up the windows, step on the gas, and count the minutes life was like when I was a kid. till we can get there. After a while, my girls meander back to me, like boomerangs As soon as we walk through the revolving door, library that eventually find their way home, with a towering pile of cards dangling from my daughters' necks, the mood lifts. We books and DVDs in their hands. They carry and check them are greeted with bright splashes of color from a local artist's out on their own, without a squeak of protest—unlike the gal- work and the gentle hum of library murmurs. A bubbling fish lons of milk I've asked them to haul in the past. tank marks the way into the children's room and a friendly librarian, who now knows our faces, if not our names, smiles. As I pull out of the parking lot and wait for the screaming to begin again, I hear only silence. My girls are so engrossed in their My ten-year-old heads straight to the Harry Potter section, new books that they have forgotten to fight. So I roll down the plops down on the floor, and begins to eat up J.K. Rowling's windows and take the scenic route home, thinking how lucky words, as she has done over and over again, while my seven- we are to have this amazing library in our town. I guess the old year-old peruses the seasonal books that are on the display. If adage is true. The best things in life are free, after all. it's summer she flips through Clams All Year or One Morning in We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 3 / 2 0 1 4 Maine. If it's winter she peeks at What Snowmen do at Night or PATTY LENZ BOVIE is a freelance writer and aspiring children's book author. She lives in Wellesley with her husband and two children. the classic Snow. But one thing is certain: My girls' whines and screams have wilted into whispers. Their minds have forgotten their frets. And they have escaped into the worlds of wizards and snowstorms and long stretches of beach as they soak up the adventures of children very much like themselves. In this safe and tranquil oasis, I tug one of my favorites off the shelves. 208 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 photograph depicting life in Wellesley and Weston, we would love to hear from you. Please e-mail your submissions to jill@wellesleywestonmagazine.com.

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