WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 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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i made a promise to our son, William, a few years ago that when he reached the age of 10, we would tour the United States. Since he would be turning 11 in the fall, my wife, Carol, and I decided to reserve our RV, plot out our trip, and get started as soon as summer break commenced. After picking up the vehicle in Tyngsborough, we hit the road. Passing through Connecticut, a power- ful storm dropped hail boisterously on the roof of the vehicle as we said goodbye to the East Coast. We were happy to arrive at the Tri-state RV Park that evening, located where New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania meet. The next morning, we had brunch nearby at Stewie's in Matamoras, Pennsylvania. We had decided ahead of time not to cook in the RV, but instead to experience food unique to each area and to hopefully meet new people at each locale. "We're the only non-whites in this restaurant," William quickly observed. However, the meal was tasty, the coffee plentiful, and the service pleasant. People enjoyed their meals with their families, just like we were. Carol and I began our American journey nearly 17 years ago in Ohio, and we wanted William to see where we got our start. So, we stopped in Akron, once the world's Rubber Capital, and we were happy to see that the apartment we rented was still there, but we were disappointed by the overall deterioration of the surrounding area. Columbus, the state capital, has fared better. We visited Buckeye Village, Ohio State's student family housing, so William could see the rooms we rented. We gladly observed that the area remains largely unchanged with its lovely old buildings and peaceful ambience. ShiningSea F R A N K L I U writer and photographer William Liu and his mother, Carol, at the Virgin River in Hurricane, Utah. B A C K G R O U N D P H O T O B Y M E D I A B A K E R Y 117 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 8

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