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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


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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To Those Moms

Friday, May 06, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
To Those Moms

If you long to post a picture of a simple and perfect life, I am one of you, too. If your happy stories are weighted with hurt, grief, or consuming worry, I am one of you, too. If you wish you were a better mother, one that happily made cookies or read multiple bedtime stories. I am one of you, too. If you long to be appreciated for the good that you do but feel guilty even over that, I am one of you, too. If you wish your mom was with you, physically and emotionally, fulfill ..

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Brotherhood

Tuesday, May 03, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Brotherhood

Tonight we walked the neighborhood. It had rained earlier and outside was damp, the pollen stifled and off we went. Amos and I without shoes and the my two older boys in sneakers. It was a rare combination, no sister, no soccer ball, no stroller, no bikes or scooter, not even a phone to take a picture, just the four of us. A mother and her three sons. I noticed their little boy bodies had changed. My oldest son is tall and willowy, long legs and arms, narrow feet. My middle son growing tall ..

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Goodbye, High Chair

Monday, May 02, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Goodbye, High Chair

Sitting on a random corner, in the grassy crux of my driveway and West King Street, it waits for a new family. To be honest, it shouldn’t even be there, looking quite new as it does. Not yet two years old. The original high chair that we had owned — a luxurious Peg Perego — had been sold years before for a mere pittance of just $10 at a yard sale. This “new” high chair came to us after our fourth child was born. It was made by Childcraft, with a sturdy wooden seat and a large thick p ..

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Maternity vs. Meternity

Saturday, April 30, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Maternity vs. Meternity

Meternity. If you have not heard of this newly coined controversial term, allow me to give you an abbreviated version. Unlike maternity leave, it is leave available to women of childbearing age that don't actually have children. Ummm, that is called a sabbatical. The unmarried thirty five year old author and brain behind this concept felt she was being left behind as she watched her colleagues leaving for months at home with their cherubic infants and hence, the catchy 'meternity.' Her rapid ..

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I Used the Men's Room

Friday, April 29, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
I Used the Men's Room

I had no choice, though I guess I could have held it but had just checked in a minute late to my second doctor's appointment and didn't want to miss my name being called. The door to my gender designated room was locked and after a minute, I did the unthinkable. I used the replica men's room. I was quick and thought to myself I have knowingly broken the law, not a shock considering my history of being a rule questioner but I did ponder my punishment. The nurse was waiting for me and I sh ..

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Finding Your Butterflies

Thursday, April 28, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Finding Your Butterflies

Do you remember the last time you had butterflies? I have thought of that moment or really for me, that person who brought on a rabid and nervous case of the butterflies. This cute boy from Raleigh who I had known for years was living in Edenton and coming to Chapel Hill to pick me up for dinner. I was giddy with excitement and had secretly always admired the way he never gave me attention. If anything, he went out of his way to ignore me or that is what I like to believe. He did marry me af ..

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Why I Have Become a Soccer Coach

Monday, April 25, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Why I Have Become a Soccer Coach

I am. Even if only for my daughter's team, a group of four to six year old girls. Our team is Laffy Taffy and our rules are minimal, but it still counts. My coaching that is. Counts for whom you may think, slightly annoyed? Not for the ones on the bleachers, who verbally marvel at my ability to fit one more thing in. Truthfully, I am not that successful and during our games Amos is usually in the car watching a movie eating French fries. Not for the extended family members, grandparents and  ..

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