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The future is far away and scary, but today is lovely.

Adrian H. Wood, PhD


The Wedding Toast I Can't Give

Saturday, April 23, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
The Wedding Toast I Can't Give

I want to. I really want to and have one more chance tonight but I will not take it, it's too risky. I just can't. To share my heart on paper is one thing but to speak aloud to a room full of people is another. Particularly to the old friends and family members that were there that day, not my own wedding day but the day the mahogany box was carried and laid to rest beneath the soil beside a weeping willow overlooking a small pond. I go there every so often to sit and think, the breeze blow ..

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My Sibling Cousins

Friday, April 22, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
My Sibling Cousins

And then, there were four. That is the phrase that flashes in my mind when I consider the group of five that moved as a collective unit my whole childhood. My brother and I and our three cousins rode to school together, ate together, celebrated every birthday and holiday together and spent summers together at the beach. We lived within walking distance of one another our entire childhood and it was wonderful. As an adult, I realize what a gift that was and how our normal must have been ..

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Leaving Amos

Thursday, April 21, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Leaving Amos

I am filled with a rush of unfamiliar anxiety as my older three children and I head to Nashville for my cousin's wedding. To leave Amos alone feels a little like leaving him beside a pool while I go to take a shower. It is so unlike me to feel this way as usually I am flying out the door. My mind knows he will be fine, after all he adores our nanny share arrangement and yet, I worry. I worry what will he think when we disappear? It makes me realize I don't talk to him like I do my other thre ..

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The Favorite Child

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
The Favorite Child

He is my favorite, you know. How could he not be? He was destined to be mine just as my oldest son belongs to the grandmother he closely resembles, my daughter belongs to my husband, and my littlest, Amos, well … he belongs to all of us. I knew who my favorite would be — or at least, who I hoped he would be — so many years ago, when his uncle died. When he was still but a figment of my imagination. My brother had been called Adam when he was alive; but when he died, the name no longe ..

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The Foreshadowing Photograph

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
The Foreshadowing Photograph

The photo was accompanied by my innocent caption of, "I know, Amos. I know. It's only Tuesday."I shared it on my personal page this morning and hoped it would bring a smile to my friends. How was I know the image would dominate my day? How many of us wake up fighting with ourselves to get up, fix coffee, make lunches, pour out dry cereal, brush hair, nag about teeth, verbalize plans for the day? Certain days are harder than others, a lurking field trip, doctor's appointment or soccer pra ..

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Moments of Humbling Clarity

Monday, April 18, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Moments of Humbling Clarity

You know the ones, they range in the realm between the physical and visceral emotional moments of life. As I rushed out the door recently, I in a fit of brief success, loaded the porch items I had gathered for our local thrift shop. I was struck by the unfortunate but familiar smell of cat urine. As I shoved the mismatched bags and boxes into the back of my car, I noticed something had leaked on my left leg. Before I knew what had happened, I had touched the spot with my right index finger a ..

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No Sidelines Today

Sunday, April 17, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
No Sidelines Today

Today our family joined other families for kickball and supper, just hot dogs and chips. Paper plates, plastic cups with room temperature lemonade and ketchup, mustard and Texas Pete available as condiments. It was not an unbelievable dinner, a meal to finish off a late afternoon kickball game and a couple hours of being completely available to our children. Dads were grilling and moms were leading the games, games with loose rules and explained by reluctant teenage daughters who seemed to s ..

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The Tides of Life

Saturday, April 16, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
The Tides of Life

The tides of life affect us all, every single one. They have, they will, they did. In ways we least expect it and thus, explaining the very definition of life. None of us will escape the surface devastation of these life tides, not one. We will all be affected by death, illness, hurt feelings, divorce, environmental disaster, and children or perhaps the lack of children and many of us will carry the painful baggage left behind, strewn on our hearts. The wonderful was of life includes the col ..

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Life With A One Year Old

Friday, April 15, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Life With A One Year Old

Hmmm, to describe that one must consider the one year old. Since I have had four, I consider myself a near expert and can promise you that no two are alike. Adorable, sweet, spiteful, indignant, ferocious, charming, hysterical, draining, and independent are words that come to mind when I ponder the four year one year olds that my husband and I have rather unsuccessfully tried to raise. All my education and experience equaled chump change when it came time for the real rodeo, the art of ..

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Ten New Holidays

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Ten New Holidays

After having my heart ripped to shreds on Sibling Day and then being mildly scolded for forgetting Grandparent's Day, I can stay quiet no longer. If I was in charge of Hallmark (the said group I choose to blame) then I would be wise and add holidays that make mothers happy and improve the economy. Just my two cents. 1. No Cook Dinner Day 2. Spend the Night at School Day 3. Take Your Sibling to School Day 4. Stay in The Bed Day 5. Watch Television Day 6. Eat A Happy M ..

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