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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


Defining Normal

Tuesday, March 01, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Defining Normal

Why couldn't he just be a normal person? It was a question I had never anticipated, yet it did not at all surprise me. It was not something I had anticipated talking about on Valentine's Day but out it came, spawned from a family dinner and innocent gift of love. What an evolving holiday depending on your moment in time or decisions in life. Our reality is the six of us right now, three children who are excited for celebrating and a younger brother that likes any thing his siblings deem fun ..

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So...Is he retarded?

Tuesday, March 01, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
So...Is he retarded?

Hence, the So. A signal to stop talking. Pause, think and button your lip. As my mother always reminded me, if I had nothing nice to say then say nothing at all. I have taken this admonition one step further as my children are wiley and take pleasure in annoying and even hurting one another. Therefore, our household rule is even more specific: If what you say doesn't make someone feel good, then do not say it. Roughly three-fourths of my household can repeat this family motto verbatim.  ..

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Life Behind the Lens

Tuesday, March 01, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Life Behind the Lens

"Did you get a lot of pictures on the trip?", he asked nonchalantly. No, I didn't. One measly picture and a nerve was struck by this innocent bolt of lightning. I was annoyed only at myself though, for feeling the absurd self-anointed pressure to take pictures and the guilt when I did not. In my inherently deep but clearly surface thinking, good mothers take pictures. They document their children's happiness and once again, I was a failure. I have always noticed the nice cameras and their r ..

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Solving the Mystery of Birth Order

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Solving the Mystery of Birth Order

While mothers everywhere may hem and haw, convincingly dumbfounded, confounded and perplexed by the overwhelming research on birth order, deep down we are not surprised, not one bit. Researchers struggle to understand this supernatural phenomena while mothers snicker to themselves and remember. I remember... My first son arrived a month early and was in and out of the hospital for jaundice not once, but twice before he was two weeks old. I was thrown into motherhood a bit sooner than I  ..

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The Last Year

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The Last Year

In the back of my closet, I have an old yellow notebook entitled "Exam Notebook", tucked away the last two decades in an anonymous tupperware container, now smoky clear. The notebooks' still bright title is written in the childish scrawl of my own twelve year old hand. The very first page still makes me smile, a short list of my family members and a number beside their name and the word gifts. I remember counting the presents under the tree each year but had no recollection about my written ..

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The Time Change

Tuesday, March 01, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
The Time Change

For no other reason would I ever be awake drinking coffee at 6:32am on a Sunday morning. The new time is 7:32 but for those that love and tolerate my eccentricities, they know I abide by the old time for a few weeks. In theory, what is not to love about the concept of springing forward? We gain an hour of daylight which is the best part in my mind, particularly for a family where daddy gets home around 6pm. We can be fed and ready for a bike ride, playground pilgrimage, or just playing bask ..

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School Picture Day

Tuesday, March 01, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
School Picture Day

Let's just go over these details. Last night when I saw I had a "missed call" from the familiar school number, I was a teensy bit hopeful that maybe we would have a kind one hour delay. Not for the weather as much, but just because it was Monday and we were all tired from the rude awakening of the time change. The springing forward was inevitable, but it's' excruciating pain forgotten year to year. Of course I did not answer the call as I was in an AIG meeting and plainly forgot to listen t ..

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Dear BCBS

Tuesday, March 01, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Dear BCBS

Do you remember me? I'm the one that has cursed you, written emails and letters, sent faxes, called you too many times to count, spent endless hours on the phone talking, crying, asking, telling and pleading for help. Just yesterday I received a letter telling me Amos was denied for an augmentative communication device. Because I had actually only requested an evaluation for a device, I sighed, cried, stomped around and then dialed the stamped number on the manufactured letter you sent me.  ..

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Five Reasons Why Root Canals are Wonderful

Tuesday, March 01, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Five Reasons Why Root Canals are Wonderful

Seriously. I am trying to remind myself to look for the good in all things and what better challenge than the dreaded root canal. In my case, two at one time. 1. I had lots of alone time in the car this week. Two travel days without any of my sidekicks enabled me to talk on the phone, think, and listen to music that doesn't make one want to consume copious amounts of alcohol. Also, the second day, I had a great uninterrupted visit with my chauffeur friend, lunch at Central Cafe in Rocky ..

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The Medicaid Plunge

Tuesday, March 01, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
The Medicaid Plunge

I had forgotten what routine doctor appointments entailed, we had not been for anything but sick visits and specialty appointments the last few months. This routine check up with our developmental pediatrician happens twice per year and we had not been in eight months. If anything, I was excited about this impending visit- the waiting room was well-set up for busy two year olds and our nice doctor was flexible and the last visit took place in the waiting room where Amos was happiest at the  ..

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