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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


Inclusion

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (3)
Inclusion

Early mornings mark the meaningful conversations in our household. I pour milk into paper bowls of dry cereal, toast frozen waffles, make lunches and most importantly, engage in the discussions that later touch my heart. Amongst fighting and chasing and me yelling about teeth brushing, I am asked to give explanations that are far more than the mundane of which I am knee deep. My second oldest son circled the kitchen table, looking for the syrup someone else had hidden and pondered  ..

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The Elf that Saved Christmas

Monday, November 28, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
The Elf that Saved Christmas

Quite an old elf. The same one that I unearthed year after year when I was a child myself, his origins unknown, but his spreading joy an absolute each season. He has never been on a shelf though, most of his year hidden away in the crinkly tissue paper that filled up his cardboard box chateau. At one time, he had a friend but along the way, the friend had found greener pastures, his whereabouts a mystery to this very day. This elf is quite happy, a big smile worn on his tiny fac ..

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Taking Care of Amos

Monday, November 28, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Taking Care of Amos

I have this son, soon to turn eleven, and his little boy mind reaches far beyond soccer and Pokémon cards, even past when he will get his phone, as he likes to query so often. He's a boy that has also learned to love and love hard and big and so grandly, it hurts my mother heart yet I am so glad for him and the person he is becoming. Being the oldest of four children is quite a responsibility and when the youngest has special needs, it creates a dynamic that is as complicated an ..

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The Christmas Tree

Sunday, November 27, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
The Christmas Tree

If there is a tradition I relish from childhood, it is all encompassing of the Christmas tree. Our family of four would pile in the old VW bug and head to the only tree lot on Sunset Avenue in my town of Rocky Mount. I remember hot cocoa and darting amongst the trees as the sky darkened and being filled with joy and anticipation. This getting the tree was an indication that Christmas was surely near. My own family has done this nearly each year too, fourteen now, though somehow the real  ..

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Dear Target

Sunday, November 27, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (1)
Dear Target

Did you know that the first thing I did when I walked into your small town store was look for a "Caroline's Cart?" Thank you. Did you know that a well-meaning employee asked me if I would rather use a different cart and I was reminded that sometimes special needs can be hidden but that doesn't mean I have to hide? Thank you. Did you know that trip was the first time in over a year that I took all four of my children shopping and we didn't have to call it quits? Thank you.  ..

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The Simple Favor

Saturday, November 26, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
The Simple Favor

It was Christmas Eve ten years ago as I sat with my husband and young son in the balcony of St Paul's Episcopal Church in Edenton, NC. The candlelit service is lovely and marked by families with young children, ripe with the anticipation of Santa. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a boy, down below, enter through the two hundred year old heavy wooden doors. He moved slowly, hopeful to avoid the inevitable creaking, but not a chance and thus, my glimpse. He was alone, rather late to the ..

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The Girl Who Spoke of Castro

Saturday, November 26, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (1)
The Girl Who Spoke of Castro

I was a student at Meredith College, perhaps a sophomore, and my sociology professor introduced us to a fellow student, a girl that spoke the whole of a class about her former life in Cuba. For me, a sheltered girl from an affluent family and raised in a small town in Eastern NC, it was powerfully enlightening. I sat frozen and listened to the quiet words of truth that poured from the earnest face, from the slight girl my own age, as dark haired as I was blond and perched on the teacher ..

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His Face

Thursday, November 24, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (2)
His Face

His is the face that says I trust you. His is the face that confirms I am the one he counts on most of all. His is the face that emulates the joy that his self radiates. His is the face that pleads with me to know his heart's desire. His is the face that crumbles when the frustration becomes too great. His is the face that carefully observes the tiniest bits of his surroundings. His is the face that houses eyes that are not quite blue and not quite green, awash  ..

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Three Years Ago

Thursday, November 24, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Three Years Ago

Three years ago, I shared this picture on Thanksgiving Day and wrote the words, "that is a lot of love." Three years ago, I was a new mom for the fourth time and I was so very happy. Three years ago, I gave birth to a son that adored being snuggled in my shirt to sleep and was a happy nursery and quite content most of the time. Three years ago, I wondered how I had been so blessed. Three years ago, I had no idea writing was in my future and would be such a gift to me.  ..

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School Bus

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (2)
School Bus

Yesterday, thirty five children boarded a school bus in Tennessee and six of them were killed when the bus hit a tree. Six children. It's Thanksgiving this week and six families are planning funerals as the world reminds them to be thankful. Thankful. To give thanks. Thankful for our many blessings. What about these families? What about the families and community who are waking up this morning, feeling that crushing awareness that certainly must be a bad dream. It's not though and ..

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