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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


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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A Teenager

Saturday, December 22, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
A Teenager

I never dreamt of having a teenager. A baby, perhaps, but not much further. In the blink of an eye, that wee person turned toddler and if I squint my eyes and command my mind to remember, I can hear his three year old voice. Where did the last ten years go? They couldn’t have flown by because I was right there. Most every second and moment, I sat vigil, a witness, sometimes captive, but an eager passenger, nonetheless. And yet, it’s as if those days just tumbled off the eart ..

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Dear Thomas

Friday, December 21, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Dear Thomas

Dear Thomas, Do you remember the letter I wrote you two years ago? I forgot, but mommy didn’t. I wrote: Today is your birthday and you are 11. I didn't get you a present. I know you want a phone, but they keep saying no. They tell me no, too. I'm not allowed to have pop tarts before dinner. Mommy said when they told you that you were going to be a big brother again, you were so excited. Do you remember me as a tiny baby at your party when you turned eight? I a ..

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Walking the Plank to Christmas Break

Friday, December 21, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Walking the Plank to Christmas Break

Yep. The last day of freedom to accomplish anything is evaporating as we speak. I am waving a white flag, to the powers that be, for suggestions next year. 1. Am I the only mother out there feeling totally insane and overwhelmed? Just say yes. If only to offer my crazed self camaraderie. 2. Christmas cards should be outlawed. The expense and the time required from start to finish perpetuate extreme insanity in the month of December, especially for people who forget to add t ..

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