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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 Lululemon

Monday, April 24, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (1)
Dear Lululemon

I went in your store last night. 1. You need a real sign. Some sort of horseshoe insignia is supposed to attract country bumpkins from eastern NC? How are we supposed to know what you're selling? I was nervous it was some sort of private club. 2. Your clothes seem very small. Maybe they are just tight as the salesgirl told me they should be, but I don't like tight. 3. You only have one size 12 in everything. One, it has usually vamoosed by the time I make t ..

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Introduction

Monday, April 24, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Introduction

Hey! I'm going to introduce myself because many of you are new here and I want to explain a bit about where you have landed. On the page of a girl who lives in a small town called Edenton in NC. Yes, it's been over a year since I picked up a pen after twenty years. Why? Well, the short of it is, I was hiding. Worry and fear had ruled me too long and as I pondered the future, I made a choice. Choose joy, seek light, find good in the teeny little things in life and you shall be happy. ..

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The Littlest Tyrant

Sunday, April 23, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
The Littlest Tyrant

It is a side we haven't seen much of and truthfully, it was a welcome sight. Squabbling between my two youngest children has never happened before and so, three and a half years later, I am thankful. These two are nearly five years apart and my daughter has treated the brother with extra special needs as her own baby. He's always been defiant and ignored her for the most part, but she has loved him from the get go. This morning, the tide changed and in a good way. It's disconcerting to h ..

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Saturday's Food Diary (AKA Crap I Ate Yesterday)

Saturday, April 22, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Saturday's Food Diary (AKA Crap I Ate Yesterday)

There may be some cause and effect to my body size dilemma. However, the truth shall set you free and so, here you go. Do people really write this stuff down? - 1 piece of white toast with two plastic containers of smushy butter - I omelet with spinach, tomato, cheddar cheese and sausage - A handful of home fries - 1/2 piece of toast shoved in my mouth leaving restaurant (in case of famine) - Amos' discarded banana - Amos' discarded bagel previously discarded by older  ..

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Lessons From My Father

Saturday, April 22, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (4)
Lessons From My Father

1. Never throw away money. Cleaning out my car meant my teenage self threw away a few pennies stricken with drink holder sludge. His riot act of truth did not fall on deaf ears. 2. Your health is all you have. I guess this means that life itself can not be purchased and no matter your background or resources, your health is a gift of which to be thankful for each and every day. 3. Your brother is your best friend. I weep with the loss of joy of having him today. He  ..

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The Girl in the Bikini

Friday, April 21, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (2)
The Girl in the Bikini

She's my only daughter and as much like me as anyone I've ever known, the girl in the bikini. She's a breath of fresh air amidst the boys she proudly calls brothers and fiercely adores, the girl in the bikini. She's the one that remembers my birthday and cards and making cupcakes with candles and brown icing, the girl in the bikini. She is so very kind, a trait that hasn't come easily for me, and so I learn from the best, the girl in the bikini. She's not too big  ..

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Friendship

Thursday, April 20, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (1)
Friendship

There is nothing quite like feeling alone in the world and having friends come to your rescue. I have a handful that I get to see in real life, their families a tangible reminder of joy. There are even more who I have yet to meet, the many folks who I've been blessed to know through the world of social media. Having a tribe of families to count on, especially families with children who have their own extra special needs, has been my saving grace. To say thank you is to remind myself to  ..

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Pride of a Sister

Thursday, April 20, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Pride of a Sister

Before we became a special needs family, pride in our house trickled from parent to child. Three year old Amos, with autism and extra special needs, has inspired our whole crew to be better, work harder, act in sensitivity, be empathetic, practice thoughtfulness and most importantly, to count mosquito wings as they skirt our path. They do so very often too, bits of success and progress accounted for, especially in our youngest family member. It was his sister that acknowledged the ..

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Sunbeam

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Sunbeam

Are all children with special needs considered a lovely bit of light by their mothers? Or perhaps, those with autism? I think maybe it's a bit of both, a person whose mind is wired creatively and maybe their chromosomes are just a bit unique. Sunbeam is defined as a beam of light from the sun that you can see. That you can see, that is my favorite part. Light is all around us, most all the time, but one can not articulate its' origin. No, it encompasses the world around us and enve ..

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Amos & Swimming

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Amos & Swimming

My name is Amos. Someone has signed me up for a week of swimming lessons. I may need to rethink this not taking a nap thing. I may rather be asleep than dunked in a cold pool. It's not an option, my mom said. She clearly didn't get the memo that I'm on vacation. Good grief. I can swim just fine. Well, almost. If I don't follow directions, it's not my fault. I mean, everyone speaks Spanish. Love, Amos ..

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