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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


Dear Richard,

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (2)
Dear Richard,

I hope it's okay if I call you by your first name. After all, you are one of my senators and not that it seems to matter, but I voted for you. Thanks for your update on the "Better Care Reconciliation Act." Your pal Thom Tillis gets no credit for information dissemination, but at least he's not a liar. Does that sound caustic? My mother always said you attract more bees with honey, but I call bullshit, especially when it's offered on a silver platter. You present a beautiful plan, reall ..

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Camp Musings

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (1)
Camp Musings

1. Does anyone actually own 14 pairs of shorts? 2. Three sets of sheets lasts six months at our house. 3. My children have never used a washcloth. 4. Why has no one invented a toothbrush with toothpaste inside? 5. I still have leftover stamped stationary from last year, so that's a plus. 6. Three children going to camp means that their grandparents could have sent me to Europe and left kids at home with a babysitter. 7. I hope it's not a problem that my  ..

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Ten Clues Summer Has Arrived

Monday, June 12, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (1)
Ten Clues Summer Has Arrived

1. Last day of school picture is terrible. No new anything and people fighting while using creative renditions of the f word. 2. I'm cursing at the children. FYI, I don't use the f word though. 3. No one has bathed in a good five days. Wet wipes are suffice. 4. I woke up and did not pack one frickin' lunchbox. Sunscreen application has replaced that duty. 5. My healthy eating regimen lasted 12 hours. It began after Pizza Inn last night and ended ..

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To the Mama Who Is New to the Special Needs Club

Sunday, June 11, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (3)
To the Mama Who Is New to the Special Needs Club

I was you. I wasn't one of those amazing people who intentionally adopt a child with special needs. I admired such selflessness from afar. My neat and tidy family was easy and I was relieved that everyone was born "perfect." It wasn't until baby number four, that I became a member of the club that I wouldn't have sought entry. It's been over a year now that my mind and heart began to acknowledge that my Amos wasn't just one of the gang as his catching up seemed more and more unlikely. A ..

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Dear NC Department of Instruction,

Friday, June 09, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (1)
Dear NC Department of Instruction,

It's me, again. Were you hoping I would go away? Well, I am a special needs mama after all and summer break starts today, so I've got nothing but time. What are your plans this summer? Will you examine your role in the future of NC's children? Maybe not. After all, it's not easy to admit you support the mistreatment of children. Perhaps mistreatment is too strong of a flavor for your errant policies, but I don't think so. You see, I've talked to families and teachers and heard thei ..

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Dear Middle School,

Wednesday, June 07, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (2)
Dear Middle School,

You're a Title One school in Eastern NC and your students are some of the neediest in our state. My four children go to Title 1 schools too, though we haven't crossed the divide into middle school yet. Your school is located in the town where I grew up and, well, it hit too close to home. Today, you piled one hundred children into two buses and headed to King's Dominion for the day, all expenses paid. The requirement for admission? Kids scored between a 3 and 5 on the EOGs (end of  ..

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Our Schools Need You

Tuesday, June 06, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Our Schools Need You

You don't have that much time to give? That's okay, you go and give just one hug and I'll dare you to try to stay away. You're not that into children? That's okay, you can make copies or help serve lunch to our teachers who receive little recognition. You're not an educator? That's okay, you can make little people happy with a warm smile. You're not a good reader? That's okay, you can blow bubbles and play basketball. You're not very social? That's okay, you can sign  ..

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Conclusion of Education Series

Monday, June 05, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Conclusion of Education Series

Thank you for following along my education series, twelve stories surrounding our schools today. Education quite has my heart and with four children in public school, the youngest with special needs, I am a long term stakeholder. Visiting public and private schools, speaking to parents, teachers and administrators, and reflecting on my own education and experience as a public school family have all challenged me to think far beyond my Phd in Education. 1. Teachers care about childr ..

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Put Your Phone Away

Monday, June 05, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (1)
Put Your Phone Away

Put your phone away, I tell myself, too many times a day. Put your phone away, I tell myself, you're missing the moment. Put your phone away, I tell myself, talk to the mom beside you on the bleachers. Put your phone away, I tell myself, remembering the laughter is more important than capturing the moment in a snapshot. Put your phone away, I tell myself, Facebook and Instagram will wait for you. Put your phone away, I tell myself, they're watching and learning from  ..

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My Name Is Amos

Sunday, June 04, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
My Name Is Amos

These people never cease to amaze me. I am out of school one day and we are on the boat. I said, "swing," but no one cared. Daddy said that I love the boat. Just because I said, "go on boat," doesn't mean I wanted to. Duh. The life jacket is a real problem for me. My mom said she gets that and so does everyone within a two mile radius. We all must have a cause. Mine is reminding Mommy that I am the boss. She says I'm going to be wearing my gla ..

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