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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


The Picture

Friday, September 30, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
The Picture

I love this picture for so many reasons. My daughter and I went on her field trip to the fair this morning and because she's not quite tall enough, I joined her on the bumper car. At seven, she already adores her friends and chooses, more often than not, to spend the night out or have a play date, rather than hang with her mama. Today I was needed and I jumped at the chance. I pushed the far away pedal and she did the steering. I pulled out my phone to take a picture. The picture.  ..

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Why Our School Teaches Swimming

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (1)
Why Our School Teaches Swimming

Swimming. You heard me right. Swimming lessons were offered to the second graders of our elementary school. Since there is only one elementary school in our small town of Edenton, NC, that means every traditional second grader in our community has been given the opportunity to save themselves from drowning. One hundred and sixty five children's parents were sent a permission slip and every family so far has said yes, though a few have been reluctant at first. Perhaps the fear of water h ..

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What About The Children That Never Grow Up?

Monday, September 26, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
What About The Children That Never Grow Up?

There are some that do not and as much as we cling to fervent hope, we can't inspire the manifestation of development and independence. Wishes don't always come true and sometimes, we are left with little people who grow taller and leaner, but seem locked in time. All babies are babies and the differences aren't quite as startling then, variances in physical development not noticed by the average naked eye. As the years pass, the divide widens and mothers like myself longingly watch the ..

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Cotillion Is For Boys Too

Monday, September 26, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Cotillion Is For Boys Too

My boys, at least. My oldest son begins this evening and already I feel nervous anticipation about this pinnacle point in his growing up. He's just ten years old, a fifth grader at our public elementary school. Perhaps he's too young, perhaps it's too expensive, perhaps it won't be worth the fight, perhaps I'm trying to make him grow up too soon, perhaps I'm not ready. There is truth in all these thoughts that have been carried by the wind and blown through my mother mind, quick t ..

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Life's Not A Race

Sunday, September 25, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Life's Not A Race

A few months ago, a friend told me that life is not a race. She's right, it's really not. Sometimes it does feel likes it's racing by me though and my struggling to keep up has been a mistake. And so, I tried to spend this summer immersing myself in the moments. Moments of mess, chaos, loud, meals, laughter, yelling, and even the waves of emotion- all the energy that flows with four children. Though our days raced by, I slowed down and I think, just in time. Amos. My fourth child. M ..

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Victory for Amos

Saturday, September 24, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Victory for Amos

The war. I won the war. The call came yesterday afternoon; Amos has been awarded his augmentative communication device and so, for those struggling with their insurance company, I say, keep fighting. Take courage, it is possible after all for a mother to be heard, through tears, cursing, letters, emails, a social media blitz, multiple blog posts, peer reviews, home phone calls to board members, texts, complaints to the escalation department and finally, a phone call to Wayne Goodwin, ..

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When Your Fourth Child Doesn't Go With The Flow

Thursday, September 22, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (2)
When Your Fourth Child Doesn't Go With The Flow

The old adage is that subsequent children, particularly number three and after, go with the flow. Of course they do, what would be the option, I often wondered to myself as I dragged my daughter on outings with her two older brothers. When our fourth was coming along, I thought the same and envisioned a sturdy son or daughter eager to keep up with the older siblings and someone that would be the visual billboard for "going with the flow." I was sorely mistaken. For a while, Amos foo ..

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Good Boy

Monday, September 19, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Good Boy

Those who give their hearts to dogs are never surprised by the love they demonstrate to us, the inferior humans. Those who are not dog people perhaps wonder and think to themselves, "it's just a dog." Is there any such thing? The town of Wilmington and people all over the great state of NC are saying a powerful, "No. No. No." Bane is an unpaid employee in New Hanover and his only job is to seek and find what his human tells him. A couple days ago, Bane was given a piece of clothing and t ..

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Found

Sunday, September 18, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (1)
Found

She was found. She was kidnapped on Monday. A little girl just 39 pounds was found the next morning. 39 pounds. My seven year old daughter weighs 39 pounds. I can't breathe with the thought of this. What if? Why? How? Please, no. She is only six. Stefanny was playing outside when she was abducted by a man on a moped. She was just playing in her front yard. My daughter plays in the front yard and even is allowed to walk to the coffee shop with one of her older brothers; it's just ..

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Talking Special Needs

Sunday, September 18, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (2)
Talking Special Needs

I'm no expert. I'm pretty new to this game myself, though I studied all the testaments of the great researchers when I was an undergraduate and graduate student. I don't really remember anyone venturing down the road of special needs when it came to addressing your typical children and their peers. Perhaps it is an advance that fills parents with angst and so we tend to sweep our concerns or the innocent comments under the rug, smile brightly, and move on. My children's peers offer ..

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