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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


Awards Day

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Awards Day

It wasn’t how I thought the day would unfold. Truly. I was sick with worry and in a fit of neediness, I asked my mama to come and spend the day. She said yes. She went with me to an IEP meeting that was awfully good. Mothers know best, don’t they? Mine does. She went with me to my oldest son’s award ceremony. He won an awful lot. I never won much of anything. I was never the best at anything unless you count the second time I took Latin I, but I  ..

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Love of a Sister

Sunday, June 10, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Love of a Sister

She shares so much these days. Just two since school’s been out and already, I’ve learned an awful lot. She’s squished between two older siblings and one younger. All boys and she, my daughter, is the Lone Ranger of all things lovely. Not in the most traditional of ways, but she thinks these big thoughts. This brother arrived four years behind her and she has been the most enchanting of big sisters. She works with him. Every day, she works with him. Mom ..

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We're Home

Saturday, June 09, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
We're Home

The words of my eight year old daughter as we drove into the parking lot in Pine Knoll Shores. We're home! Her gleeful words reflected the thoughts that had cleansed my mind free of education nonsense and reminded me where my heart is rooted. It's not the where as much though, as the why. My parents have had a condo since I was just five years old and so, for the family that switched houses every few years, it has been the constant. It's nothing fancy. It's not on the ocean though y ..

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Stairsteps

Friday, June 08, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Stairsteps

My favorite part of today? It wasn’t the awards. It wasn’t the end of school excitement. It wasn’t even the knowing that no more lunches would have to be packed over the next 11 weeks. It was these two. An older brother, a sixth grader this year, and a younger brother, a fourth grader. The oldest asked what he should wear and I asked for what. I’m going to Russell’s awards day, remember? Of course I didn’t remember. I am an exhausted sloth at this ..

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Dear Teachers

Wednesday, June 06, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Dear Teachers

Dear Teachers, We are a wreck. Our freedom is coming to an end and though some of us pretend to be merry sprites, they are either splendid liars or work outside the home. Go ahead, parents, deny my message, but I shan’t be silenced. I am a wreck. An absolute mess. And to top it all off, I feel guilty for lamenting a summer with my children. I mean, I like them, but they drive me bonkers and the combination of them is downright painful. I am not cut out t ..

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No Rewards for Test Scores

Tuesday, June 05, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
No Rewards for Test Scores

Many schools are offering parties, trips, all variety of incentive programs for high EOG scores. Last year, a bus took a group of kids from Tarboro to King’s Dominion, kids that made 4’s and 5’s. A Charlotte school took pictures of the children who made 4's and 5's so that the images could be made into posters to hang around the school. It was shared with me that a teacher observing the photography session said: In 19 years, I've actually never worked anywhere where scores were announced pub ..

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It’s Them

Monday, June 04, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
It’s Them

If anyone knows what it’s like to give your heart away, it’s them. If anyone smiles and stretches out their arms most every morning, it’s them. If anyone feels every boo-boo, those inside and out, it’s them. If anyone dreams big and embraces a future that scares the daylights out of me, it’s them. If anyone overlooks diaper changes and messy noses, it’s them. If anyone notices progress that slips past the world unaware, it’s them. If anyone can cajole grumpy lit ..

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Sons of Mine

Friday, June 01, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Sons of Mine

Would you believe me if I told you that these sons of mine have made my life complete? There are two more, of course, the sister that comes between and the oldest brother. The sun shone bright after days of endless clouds spilling rain. Not quite June and it was summer hot, a wallow in a wave pool kind of day and so, we did. The whole lot of us. We swam and jumped and dunked and ebbed and flowed and submerged our weary selves in a day of simplicity. The banter wa ..

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