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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


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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Vacation With My Parents

Sunday, January 03, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Vacation With My Parents

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 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  ..

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Bad Presents

Saturday, January 02, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Bad Presents

You ponder, you plan, you think, you plot, you purchase, and then on Christmas morning or really, by nearly 5pm on Christmas Day, you are struck with the realization that you have not chosen wisely. 1. Alexa My children have yelled and screamed song titles at a foreign woman living in a speaker and she blares a combination of music that would certainly drive anyone to curse excessively on Christmas Day. Shut Up & Dance with Me/ One Little Finger/ Let it Go. 2. Gizmo ..

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Thank You

Saturday, January 02, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Thank You

This year, I took a grand leap and it has been the kindest thing I have ever gifted myself. Thank you. This year, I realized that the walls were closing in and I could tread water no longer and so, I gambled and rose to the surface though I was so scared of what I may find. Thank you. This year, I spilled my guts for all the world to see and for the most part, its' eyes welcomed my bittersweet truth. Thank you. This year, I fetched the part of my soul that longs for t ..

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