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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


Be the One

Sunday, May 14, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (1)
Be the One

Be the one that goes under because she knows wet hair is a small price to pay for rapturous giggles. Be the one that looks for snakes under rocks and flings her bathing suit clad self on the slip and slide as she hopes for survival because she is making memories. Be the one that knows the most precious gifts are made from scraps of paper, dabs of glue, sprinkled glitter and a kind heart because those are the ones you will tuck away so as to remember. Be the one that eats fr ..

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Ten Mother's Day Quotes

Sunday, May 14, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Ten Mother's Day Quotes

1. It's Mother's Day and you're making me yell. 2. You're complaining and I'm not relaxing. 3. Can you people just not fight for one tiny day? 4. I'm trying to be nice but I'm about to beat you. 5. It's hard to be thankful for you when you're kicking him. 6. Can y'all just let me be? 7. It's so fun being a mother (I said this before getting out of bed.) 8. That is not a real present; it's a plastic cup from your Sunday school teacher. 9. Next year I' ..

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Ten Struggles of A Special Needs Mama

Friday, May 12, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Ten Struggles of A Special Needs Mama

1. My child is in diapers. Nobody goes to school in diapers, people say laughingly, but my son does. It's not too bad except there's no place to change him except the floor of a bathroom. Changing tables are meant for babies, not long limbed children. 2. My child doesn't sit still in restaurants. Nope, he wanders and explores and likely will come over to investigate your table; autism doesn't play by the rules of etiquette. 3. Getting a sitter is not so easy. To  ..

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On Being Busy

Thursday, May 11, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
On Being Busy

Busy. How often do we hear ourselves say that word and yet, it annoys us too? We are all quite busy and most of us know that we are busy and yet, we feel a need to echo the thought that feels such a weight on our shoulders. Busy, being busy, staying busy, it's a busy time, a busy year, a busy Spring, we're so busy...I'm sick of it. I'm sick of busy, talking about it, hearing about it and mostly, living it. It's not what I had envisioned as a mother. I knew little people would take lots  ..

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Do You Remember Me?

Thursday, May 11, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Do You Remember Me?

I'm the boy you watched so carefully in the airport. I didn't notice, but my mother did even though she pretended not to. She made sure I was dressed nicely and had eaten a good breakfast. She let me run around in the airport because exercise helps me sit somewhat still in the plane. You watched me, not even from the corner of your eye, and disapproval rained down on my boisterous self. That wasn't nice, though I bet you didn't mean to act like that. I'm not perfect and my mom says she' ..

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The Supreme Court & Amos

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (1)
The Supreme Court & Amos

This morning, I noticed there was quite a hubbub going on at the state's oldest courthouse. My husband shared that the NC Supreme Court was in Edenton hearing cases and before he knew it, I was in fancy clothes (white jeans) and manhandled Amos into knee socks and saddle shoes. One must look the part when you haven't been invited, haven't signed up, don't hold a ticket for entry and arrive wrestling a three year old with autism. We are not exactly on the most wanted list. We moseye ..

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Dear Moon,

Monday, May 08, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (2)
Dear Moon,

Will you watch my boy when I'm gone? Will you remember to rise when the sun has not set? Will you bathe him in light when he's asleep in his bed? Will you follow him wherever life leads? Will you remind him that he and his mama looked for you most every evening? Will you whisper your presence to him when he feels alone? Will you comfort him when my arms can't stretch that far? Will you shine upon his face so that his light can alway be seen? Will you kiss ..

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Visceral Joy

Friday, May 05, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (1)
Visceral Joy

If I were to get a tattoo, it would be of the joy captured in this snapshot, on the face of the boy named Amos. Instead, I am imprinting it on my heart. It says to me, don't you dare wallow in grief or be sad for me or miss one iota of joy in the every day. I am happy, I read in the face that turns toward the sun. I am content, I feel in the arch of his body atop the hands of his father. If I remember to get quiet, I can still hear the delight in his little boy squeals. Visceral jo ..

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Who Are You?

Thursday, May 04, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Who Are You?

Each day you're unfolding before my eyes and though I earnestly try to take note, I can't keep up with your burgeoning soul. Each day you surprise me in some fashion, a kind word to your nearest brother or an offer to help the mother whose hands are full of siblings. Each day your stories give me glimpses into a world of which I am becoming an outlier. Each day you say good morning even though your mouth has yet to smile. Each day your hair deepens in color, once gold ..

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Join the Club

Sunday, April 30, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (2)
Join the Club

Membership is fairly simple. It involves throwing your pride to the wind and conceding defeat, even on Sunday mornings. Once you can take your youngest to church in a John John, shirtless I might add, you'll get your key. It's a key to the club called Being Real and it is fantabulous. It's tough though, you've likely been striving for this thing called perfection for a while now and it won't be an easy break up. Abandoning any addiction takes willpower and fortitude, reminding yourself  ..

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