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Tales Of An Educated Debutante

on life, loss and the joy that rules the day.


 
 
 
 
 




 
The future is far away and scary, but today is lovely.

Adrian H. Wood, PhD


To Whom It May Concern at the United States Post Office

Saturday, October 29, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (1)
To Whom It May Concern at the United States Post Office

I am writing to thank you for the kindness of several of your dedicated employees in my hometown of Edenton, North Carolina. My daughter set her sights, quite last minute, on being a mail carrier for her small elementary school's "Storybook Character Day." Having only one day to get this costume idea put together, there was no time for ordering or even traveling to a nearby large town to purchase a store bought ensemble. I shopped around our small town and came up with clothes th ..

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Top Ten Volunteer Positions Off Limit for Complaints

Friday, October 28, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Top Ten Volunteer Positions Off Limit for Complaints

Top Ten Volunteer Positions Off Limit for Complaints 1. The Coach Ahhh, yes, the volunteer coach for whatever meager group has asked, be it church, school, or the recreation department. Unless you want to slap on a whistle and start texting people about practices and rescheduled games, swallow and release all hot air internally. 2. The PTA Admittedly, I am a bit biased since I am admittedly not such a great president but I was not vying for this position. Remember that.  ..

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The Power of Words

Friday, October 28, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
The Power of Words

Once upon a time there was a little girl. She was beautiful, not only in the eye of her beholder, but the great wide world. Lavender eyes and a thick cap of dark hair, she was perfect. Yes, her one ear was missing and her jaw affected slightly, but who said real life is molded by cookie cutters? She's perfect and she will thrive and do everything and more than you ever dream and hope for her. She's perfect. That's the story I wish that I heard, but I didn't. The one I heard went so ..

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Lessons From Amos

Thursday, October 27, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (1)
Lessons From Amos

The lessons learned have been incredibly amazing and it is not until you allow yourself to stop and think, cry and ponder, laugh and remember, that you realize you are no longer the same person as before. You have become a beautiful butterfly. 1. Empathy I thought we were pretty good on this one, until I realized we weren't. The vantage point we have all gained has been one of a real life example and when we talk kindness and including others, we close our eyes and picture our ..

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The IEP Meeting

Monday, October 24, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
The IEP Meeting

It has not even happened yet and I am unsuccessfully convincing myself to not acknowledge the sense of dread that stings at every corner. I have no such reason to think it will not go well or to expect myself needing to argue and fight, each service a victory for my Amos. My youngest of four children is about to turn three and enter the classroom for special needs children at White Oak Elementary School. It is the same school that my two older sons attended and where my daughter is curr ..

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Brotherhood

Friday, October 21, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Brotherhood

An age old concept that, for me, conjures up images of tussling boys, boys cozy in a fort, boys vying to remain on the same old tire swing. Happy thoughts, sometimes a bit vicious, one or the other victorious and a roller coaster of love. The love is the kicker. Our two oldest sons are in this moment, 10 & 9, born just a year and a half apart, they are born of different stars. The elder has always been a bit sensitive, enjoys activities that involve movement, and is most happy  ..

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Saving Childhood

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (1)
Saving Childhood

Childhood is vanishing, speeding by in light years. The days of days filled with play and boredom and hours spent meandering between the green of yards and the hot black asphalt of the street are all but a distant memory now. In just a glimpse we are watching childhood disappear as we knew it and its' extinction should paralyze us with fear, but we sit silently, some of us unaware. To consider the consequences seems one more hindrance in the busy daily schedule, it's easier to carry on  ..

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That Parent

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (1)
That Parent

I am that parent. The one I never wanted to be. The mama bear of a child with extra special needs and I wonder how I got here. How did I become the squeaky wheel who doesn't want the grease, or at least extra grease? I just want enough grease to move through the day like anyone else. I can not help it that one of my bicycles is exceptional and requires more grease than the average bike. I'm not really talking about my bike, poor old rusted thing left in the rain. It does need grease but ..

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Mediocre Breastfeeding Advice

Monday, October 17, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Mediocre Breastfeeding Advice

Mediocre Breastfeeding Advice Holy cow. Finally, I am an expert on something. 1. Wear a nursing bra at all times. Trust me on this one. The term "nipple chafe" is not one you want rolling off your lips early on and then the milksplosions turn your sleep nest into sour city. 2. Prior to giving birth, demand a prescription for "all-purpose nipple ointment." A wonderful compounded invention with a bit of lanolin, bit of yeast defense, but of antibiotic and some sort of num ..

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The Wilted Violet

Monday, October 17, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
The Wilted Violet

I have not heard this term in many years but it has given me resolve to stay strong. No one will call me a wilted violet. On the outside, I don't appear to be one but on the inside, I am struggling to keep fighting. Every day brings a new battle or I am forced to rekindle an old one. Though not everyone picks a fight with us, the family gifted with a boy named Amos. We have truly experienced so much kindness amongst the strife. Most of our therapists have welcomed new ideas and new ..

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