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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


Let Our Children Play

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Let Our Children Play

Ignoring research, best practice and play is not to be taken lightly, the stakes are too real. They are your children. My children. I am shocked at how many stakeholders either don't know or dismiss the foundations of learning that have been proven by research countless times in a myriad of ways. How have we so quickly walked away from a methodology that has been proven to be successful? Does the concept of play seem too simplistic? Have they forgotten their audience is children?  ..

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The Gray Area of Bullying

Monday, May 16, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
The Gray Area of Bullying

It was not my child. No; I was sure of it. He couldn’t possibly be the mastermind behind all of the teasing that’s been happening at school. Still, I was surprised to hear that he was there for it all, observing from the sidelines. If I were to expect anyone to jump in, it would be him. Historically, he’s always been a bit eccentric himself, but I am guessing the suppression of of his own uniqueness may be what added to his desire to fit in — thus explaining his role as a sideline partic ..

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Oh, Russell

Sunday, May 15, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Oh, Russell

Oh, Russell. My lovely boy in a nutshell. Too small, striped socks. Velcro shoes. Hair that needs more than baby shampoo. A heart that is wide as the sea and a touch that endears a mama to nurse her babies. Joy. ..

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Please, Stop Telling Me That He Is Cute

Friday, May 13, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Please, Stop Telling Me That He Is Cute

I play the game too. It’s not your fault. I am just as quick to offer a retort about my youngest being adorable, with quips like “good thing he’s cute” or “we know we’re biased, but …” Yes, his adorableness is hard to dispute, and it is the one thing that we have treasured and never take for granted in our family; but perhaps to a fault. Our son, Amos — our tow-headed toddler who wears cute round spectacles and dresses like he is on the set of Little Lord Fauntleroy — is absolutely preci ..

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The Secret

Friday, May 13, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
The Secret

It is not unusual to pinpoint the exact moment that life changes and those moments for me, are featured on a sliding scale from the perfectly wonderful, the first cries of my newborn son, to the quiet words spoken in a cold medical setting like, "it's cancer after all." Surely I am not the only one that has archived the key points in the historical crevices of my mind, not thrown out with the memories about who said what first word and when. No, the beautiful and the terrifying are kept clo ..

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Anniversary of A Fire

Thursday, May 12, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Anniversary of A Fire

It has been twenty years now, exactly twenty years ago today. A day that may have passed by without my acknowledgement except for a dear friend pointing out the anniversary on social media. I know from experience that anniversaries are not always indicative of dinner and roses. Though they often travel with lovely events such as weddings, they also cling on to tragedy too and in this case, a smoldering cigarette had sent a fraternity house up in flames and by early Mother's Day morning, fiv ..

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A Birthday Wish

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
A Birthday Wish

It was he that paced the halls. First, the birth of his son, my brother Adam. Five years later, it was I who came along, a daughter that my mother had craved. We were complete, a family of four, two beautiful parents, darling and funny children, a thriving business and home was made in Eastern North Carolina. The End. It never happens that way, does it? The story goes on and on with twists and curves and backslides and steep slopes and what remains is the rest of us. After a long year of ..

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What I Wish Pediatricians Would Ask Parents of Children With Development Delays

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
What I Wish Pediatricians Would Ask Parents of Children With Development Delays

After a few years of crying in doctor’s offices after being assaulted by the questions and assumptions on developmental checklists, I am left wondering who has benefited. Really. If I were forced to go through the last half dozen reports, I would relive the devastation and sorrow over missed milestones, so far away they weren’t even in our atmosphere. How could my son be expected to sit up if he couldn’t yet roll over? Why was I being asked if he could pull up or walk when he could not yet s ..

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My Precious Middle Child

Saturday, May 07, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
My Precious Middle Child

I have two of them, but he was the first and holds the place in my heart that harvests healing. His name taken from the brother I adored for a whole life, one month short of twenty years. My second encounter with the name Adam Russell Harrold and I have never been the same. I have often thought he is my treasure but today his words confirmed my own feelings of the heart. Crumpled in his backpack was a piece of paper with these words... Inside my heart there are dancing diamonds a ..

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I Forgot Mother's Day.

Saturday, May 07, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
I Forgot Mother's Day.

While it was not intentional, I do think it was a somewhat conscious decision, blocking out a day that is supposed to be for me and never ends up that way. Where does the fault hide, with the people that should be treating me with kid gloves or myself, the person that has acquired misguided expectations? Perhaps the blame lies with me and I alone, am the common denominator each year, ten and counting so far. This is far from a projected guilt trip but just an honest appraisal of why I have  ..

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