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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 Youngest

Saturday, December 29, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
The Youngest

Tonight, joy made me weep. We walked, after dinner, past the school, towards the park. Two traversed the narrow wall. One rode the scooter. And the youngest? He ran freely, in bare feet, on the once pink sidewalk. At five, he trails behind his siblings. Bikes elude him and he’s just learning the art of going potty. When he learned to walk at almost two, I said a prayer of thanksgiving. This child, the one with autism and extra special needs, has so many character traits.  ..

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Finding His Groove

Saturday, December 29, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Finding His Groove

All day, he’s struggled to get his groove. For most of us, vacation is a welcome respite. But, not all. Special needs don’t go on vacation and I mean that in more ways than one. Home is safe and predictable. Vacation is a vast unknown. Beach, pool, iPad, phone, trucks and trains, none lasting longer than a bandaid in water. But then, on our sweaty walk home, these rocks beckoned him. We stayed for quite a long while, which with Amos, means thirty or so minutes. He clim ..

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Top Ten Secrets for Flying with Children

Friday, December 28, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Top Ten Secrets for Flying with Children

1. You must never ever act like you know how to break down a stroller. The bigger the better, as easier to convince the security person that you require a "self-check."This is a non advertised service by the TSA. A stern faced agent walks your stroller through a gate and uses a hand held scanner. That may be my best secret. 2. Airplane flights are not the time to get pious about electronics. Nope, wear blinders and valiantly ignore the children reading or playing cards, singing toge ..

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THAT Family

Thursday, December 27, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
THAT Family

In the airport today, we were THAT family, the one with the parcel of children, three well-behaved and one not. He put on quite a show, wreaked havoc at the gate and to put it lightly, caused a great big scene. I love our family, but it’s not always easy being us. It’s not always a joy, belonging to him. Five year old Amos is the youngest and though his older brother whizzed by on a scooter, Amos was strapped unwittingly into a jogging stroller. Most of the time, h ..

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The Christmas Hangover

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
The Christmas Hangover

Ahhhh, for those of you who left your homes neat and tidy last night, maybe even exercised and had a shower, carved out some time for a few thank you notes- I am not your people, so keep stirring the wassail. For those of you who feel like you’ve been hit by a semi, while drunk, on a desolate highway, and then came to, realizing a band of naughty elves had ransacked your house (also drunk), and you wonder at what point your life became a total shit show? Well, you are home. Let ..

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Merry Christmas

Tuesday, December 25, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Merry Christmas

Being a grown up on Christmas isn’t magical or surprising or thrilling. No, it’s even better. It’s pajamas and hover boards in the living room, brisk walks and pizza for dinner. It’s contentment in its best form, feels like exhaustion in a good way, and it’s the settling of the sea after the furtive tracking of the Christmas storm. It’s family and creating family and making memories and yummy drinks and memories. It’s laughing and choosing joy and wiping tears and remembering  ..

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Plans Go To Pot

Monday, December 24, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Plans Go To Pot

It never fails that as soon as I make some sort of plan, everything goes to pot. I mean, we were all showered and dressed in reasonable attire. Russell untucked his blazer from his pants as we walked to church (his older brother had told him that was what people do to look fancy on Christmas Eve) and we were hardly late. No sooner do we waltz into church and get settled in the balcony when five year old Amos comes one inch from pinging my phone over the balcony. Autism and chur ..

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Christmas Eve

Monday, December 24, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Christmas Eve

It’s Christmas Eve and though visions of sugarplums dance in my head, children argue over Xbox remotes and steal my phone. It’s Christmas Eve and though I planned a yummy breakfast, I served up some mini wheats in paper bowls. It’s Christmas Eve and when I mentioned going to church, my family acted like I was shipping them to prison- I mean, it’s Monday, they cried. It’s Christmas Eve and though I imagine a family bike ride, we are all splayed on the couch eating a Food Lio ..

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It’s the day before Christmas.

Monday, December 24, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
It’s the day before Christmas.

I used to have these grand plans to be terribly organized. And then, I realized that I never was, never have been, and never will be that person. And so, I’m learning. I’m learning about presents. Giving less and a few things no one even asked for, one mentioned as an example of what said person absolutely does NOT want. Oh, well, life rarely delivers plans on a gold platter. I’m learning about fun. It doesn’t have to be complicated, though so often we do our damndest  ..

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Ten Signs that the Christmas Cluster is Kicking Your Ass

Sunday, December 23, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Ten Signs that the Christmas Cluster is Kicking Your Ass

1. You’re on an unnecessary buying spree. Weeks after you claimed this was the year of the minimalist, you’ve fallen victim to the little voice which says, “You need more!” 2. You’re dropping the f bomb. A lot. 3. You have consumed a donut and a cheeseburger within one hour. Before 11am. 4. The hours left for shipping countdown are causing heart palpitations and buying is cheaper than the emergency room. 5. Your favorite Christmas song is Mr. Grinch. 6. You unwrap  ..

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