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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


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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His is the Face

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
His is the Face

His is the face the face of a boy just half past four years old the face of my youngest child the face of the son I never dreamt of having the face of autism and extra special needs the face of a child who loves big the face of the one who has shown me that life has a way of surprising us the face of a little brother named Amos who is quite delighted in his ability to flip a light switch Oh, his is the most beautiful face. ..

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The Senior Walk

Thursday, May 24, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
The Senior Walk

A tradition in our small town. Late May, the seniors try on their caps and gowns for the first time and then, they take a walk through their old stomping grounds White Oak Elementary. DF Walker Elementary. Chowan Middle. My own four children are dispersed between those three schools and they came home, eager to share who they had seen and the high fives that had been dispersed. One hundred and forty three shining faces, young men and women, who have been raised  ..

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Bishop Curry

Sunday, May 20, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Bishop Curry

We expected tradition. Stiff British upper lips. Fascinators. We did not expect to be taken to church. But I’ll be damned if The Most Reverend Michael Curry, the first African-American Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, didn’t take us right there. His sermon quoted from St. Paul and Martin Luther King, Jr., and centered around the redemptive qualities of simple, selfless love. The love between Harry and Meghan, the love Jesus had for the world and the power ..

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This Woman

Saturday, May 12, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
This Woman

Oh, this woman illustrates grace and strength in the path of adversity, kindness in the path of righteousness, joy in the path of heartbreak and love as the path that guides her journey. I’m so thankful to follow behind her. Much love to you, Mama. Adrian & Adam ..

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Happy Birthday Daddy

Friday, May 11, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Happy Birthday Daddy

Adrian Thorpe Harrold A moment ago a baby but now much stronger How I wish it could have taken longer A toddler with a blankie and then new math Childhood lights your own path Don't forget those who loves you and were left behind No matter what, you'll always shine At any early age you knew strife Let them be a milestone for your life Now, don't look back but forward to the sky Lift your head and countenance high The future is bright and cle ..

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