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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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148 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 I remember being awakened by my dad, gen- tly, just before the sun rose over the lake in New Hampshire, him gathering me out of the house with a sweatshirt over my pj's, and carrying a fishing rod. Closing the door quietly so as not to wake a soul, I reached up to hold his rough hand, the cool pine needles and then the worn wood of the dock on the bottom of my feet, and the quiet lapping of the black water on our boat hull as we pushed off. Powerfully rowing us to drop anchor near a little island, pulling up sunnies and perch and holding them as he had shown me how in my hand, coaxing the hooks from the rubbery lips of fish and throwing back all but the largest perch; cleaning our catch back on the dock and giving it to his mom, my grandmother, to cook. precious memories of our fathers, like this one written by Weston resident Dawn Weber, nourish us throughout the year, and are often brought to mind by prompts like Father's Day. While Father's Day is often considered a "Hallmark holiday," created for commercial pur- poses, it actually has authentic roots, involving a grateful daughter living in Spokane, at the turn of the century. Miss Sonora Dodd was moved to ensure that a day be set aside to honor the contributions of fathers, after hearing a Mother's Day sermon in 1909. Dodd's own father, who had raised M E D I A B A K E R Y living with kids relationships parenting life lessons emotional growth teenage years growing up Nothing Quite Like a Dad L I S A L E S L I E H E N D E R S O N writer family matters 148-153_WWMb14_family mttrs_dad_v2_WellesleyWeston Magazine 4/25/14 11:05 AM Page 148

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