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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


Mastering The Trash Can

Monday, February 01, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Mastering The Trash Can

Yes, while the rest of you mothers are on top of your game, I am drowning in trash. Food and plastic refuse litter my once clean house, a domain where I long ago was queen. My subjects have overtaken me and unlike Snow White, I am too old, tired and/or lazy to clean up after my wards. I have grown use to the empty wrappers in our pantry snack bins as even I recognize the necessity to hide a fruit roll up binge. Candy wrappers under the bed are as commonplace as missing socks and Leg ..

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An Unlikely Friendship

Sunday, January 31, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
An Unlikely Friendship

I saw him from my vista at the top of the escalator. Clutching Blair's hand and balancing a stroller minus Amos who was wriggling in my arms. As we approached the baggage claim area, I noticed several men with carts and the first approached me and I kindly said no thank you. After all, I had the three bigger kids who liked to help haul luggage off the moving carousel. We were in no hurry as Thomas had gone to get the car, and Raleigh is not the type of place one has to micromanage b ..

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These Socks

Thursday, January 28, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (1)
These Socks

Over thirty years old and a faithful winter companion to me the last ten years or so. Wool, far before Smart Wool or other faddish brands appeared, gray, a bit tight around the middle of my foot and thick up to the middle of my shin. Ever so thin on the bottom that I felt a need to protect them, these ragged socks. Preservation? Why would I want to, you wonder? Of course, they are part of the story, grasping on to my most important, tragic and heartbreaking paper clip. Adam. Th ..

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To Tease Or Not To Tease

Friday, January 15, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
To Tease Or Not To Tease

The poor nurse. Mother of 7 children. The target of a practical joke by one of her sons and I think we all felt a jolt of sadness for her and revenge for that ill thinking child, a son nonetheless. I had seen the headlines in my newsfeed throughout the day yesterday and heard David Muir congratulate this hard working single mother of an over abundance of children with this well-deserved windfall. Nope, all a sham. Now just for a minute let us give the son the benefit of the dou ..

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Top Ten Secrets For Flying With Small Children

Thursday, January 14, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Top Ten Secrets For Flying With Small Children

I learned early on in my parenting career that flying with children requires special guts and so, I begrudgingly share my best secrets for parents everywhere. 1. First thing's first. You must never ever act like you know how to break down a stroller. The bigger the stroller the better, as easier to convince the security person that you require a "self-check."This is a non advertised service by the TSA. Yep, no juggling babies as you desperately fold up a stroller. Instead, the stern ..

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Dead Battery

Wednesday, January 06, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Dead Battery

And just like that, the battery is dead. The car battery that is. You know it has been a rough couple of days when it has culminated in this fatality. Fortunately, it occurred in our driveway. Yesterday in Cary would have been much worse when I previously had deposited Amos in the car so I could have some semblance of a late lunch with a Salem friend I had not seen in over 15 years. Never had I been so prepared and, having scavenged my hoarder mobile, was more prepared than a f ..

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The Struggle Of Motherhood

Tuesday, January 05, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
The Struggle Of Motherhood

For those of you who think you are alone in the struggle of motherhood, you are not. It is not even 10am and so far I have been not only awake for five hours but fairly busy other than the three times I tried to convince Amos to sit with me to watch Dowton Abbey and drink coffee. Me not him, but it proved fruitless at 5:07, 7:42 and most recently at 9:12. I have made 8 meals, fielded questions about the lack of food in the pantry, pretended the grocery store was closed and mixed water wi ..

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Just A Tuesday

Tuesday, January 05, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Just A Tuesday

For those of you who think you are alone in the struggle of motherhood, you are not. It is not even 10am and so far I have been not only awake for five hours but fairly busy other than the three times I tried to convince Amos to sit with me to watch Dowton Abbey and drink coffee. Me not him, but it proved fruitless at 5:07, 7:42 and most recently at 9:12. I have made 8 meals, fielded questions about the lack of food in the pantry, pretended the grocery store was closed and mixe ..

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The Calm Before The Storm

Monday, January 04, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
The Calm Before The Storm

I think having children opens up a world of wonder and love beyond our wildest imagination. With those gifts, comes hurt, worry, sorrow and potential horrific heartbreak. In my deepest part, as much as I longed to be a mother, there was a part of me that felt I could or should not offer myself up to such devastation. You see, I had watched my parents lose their only son as I simultaneously lost my brother, my only sibling. The word "only" is important to me in ways I can not adequat ..

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Top 5 Reasons to Vacation with My Parents/ Top 5 Reasons I Consume One Year's Worth of Alcohol While on Vacation with My Parents

Sunday, January 03, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Top 5 Reasons to Vacation with My Parents/ Top 5 Reasons I Consume One Year's Worth of Alcohol While on Vacation with My Parents

Top 5 Reasons to Vacation with My Parents 1. They have lodging in two of my most favorite places on earth, vastly different but full of memories and fun. One may think they were sneaky to do this as it is a great way to coax your daughter and her lovely family to see you. However, this could only be wishful thinking on my part as you have never seen such quick evacuations generally occurring soon after we have arrived. By soon, I mean < 6 hours. To be fair, we are currently on day nine w ..

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