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

Adrian H. Wood, PhD


What Happened When I Skipped the Grocery Store for a Month

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
What Happened When I Skipped the Grocery Store for a Month

It was not a scientific experiment, though that makes it sound more legitimate and excusable. No, I avoided the grocery store for over a month quite by accident. It began with my own selfishness of time and lots of strange weather. One week went by and it got easier to just pop into Walgreens or the Dollar General for the necessities at our house, milk/ yogurt/ bread. My significant other went once himself and spent $88 on those exact items I listed above. He had taken pity on our four child ..

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The Abandoned Stroller

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
The Abandoned Stroller

As the events yesterday morning in Brussels continue to weigh heavy on my mind, I can’t help but think of the plane that my four children and I will be boarding ourselves later this evening. While I pack, I listen to the television recaps and hear blips of conversation and reports from eye witnesses. “Sheer destruction.” “Slim chance.” “People standing in line at Starbucks.” I freeze at that last, seemingly irrelevant detail, and I pause as I scan the TV screen. A litany of photos contin ..

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My First Letter

Saturday, March 19, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
My First Letter

My First Letter in Support of Special Needs Families (written to my local state of NC representative) Dear X, I would like to talk seriously to you about health insurance limitations for special needs families in our great state. The fact that families can not purchase insurance as good as Medicaid is so odd to me. Instead we must beg and navigate a system to get free coverage when we want to pay for it and can. Instead, we are left with expensive insurance that does not nearly meet  ..

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Choosing Joy

Sunday, March 13, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Choosing Joy

Nothing is more disarming than seeing someone from your past in a place where you least expect. I find this type of occurrence much like being frightened when someone pops out of a closet, alarming to your clueless self. Typically, this type of flashback has not been pleasurable for me, often the person may remember you and you don't remember them though they quiz you on their identity and the not knowing is torture. In this case, it was a happy surprise accompanied with a flash flood of em ..

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When My Daughter Asked Me Who Taught Her How to Talk

Saturday, March 05, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
When My Daughter Asked Me Who Taught Her How to Talk

My 6-year-old asked, “Who taught me to talk?”. It was asked with such seriousness that I felt confused with what seemed to be a silly question. My daughter was asking me who had taught her how to talk? I felt myself quizzically pause and stare, trying to comprehend this odd question. You see, she had been talking as long as I could remember; I know it was well before her first steps, which occurred around 16 months. In the chaos of those days and months with a baby as well as her brother ..

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Why I Refuse To Let My Kids Live In Fear Of Terrorism

Tuesday, March 01, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Why I Refuse To Let My Kids Live In Fear Of Terrorism

Tonight, this very evening, in the wake of the Brussels attacks that rocked the Belgium city in two of its most-trafficked commuter locations, my four children and I will board a plane destined for Miami. As I packed this morning counting out shirts and pants and sunscreen for each of my children, I listened to the television and heard the blips of conversation, terrified voices and reports by witnesses of "sheer destruction" while "people were standing in line at Starbucks.” I froze, allowi ..

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Too Much Awesome

Tuesday, March 01, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Too Much Awesome

Having a child with special needs is stressful, a struggle, a daily reminder that our pre-conceived plans are not coming to fruition. The athlete, scholar, student body president are long away memories of what danced in my mind while I carried him safe in my womb. His sister's eyes dance with delight when another little boy his age called her by name and asked her to chase him. His oldest brother tries and tries to get him to make a basket in the pint-sized basketball goal that Santa had bro ..

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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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