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Tales Of An Educated Debutante

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

Adrian H. Wood, PhD


Saying Goodbye to Baby Toes

Friday, April 01, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Saying Goodbye to Baby Toes

There are no more toes like this at my house. I have always been fascinated with the littlest of feet, eager to mark the spot on the fresh blank page of each baby book. Then, as I was filled with a rush of creativity, would take off socks and paint tiny toes and little feet for Christmas ornaments or parent directed paintings. Evidence of my amateur photography documenting my oldest son's toes adorned with pink nail polish, another son's toes peeking from his baptismal gown, my daughter ..

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My Week without Technology (One Month Ago)

Friday, April 01, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
My Week without Technology (One Month Ago)

Day 1 I can't help myself. I am trying to get a signal. I have posted on my blog and who knows if anyone likes it? The first hour is always key and I am left stranded. I recognize that this is ridiculous and head to the Magic Show with my family. Later, I realize the expense of wireless internet is $89 per day. Anyone that knows me, knows now that the decision is clenched with my thriftiness. My countdown begins. A long leisurely dinner amidst children and then bedtime earlier as I am not g ..

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Ten Guaranteed Ways to Provoke a Pregnant Woman's Venom

Friday, April 01, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Ten Guaranteed Ways to Provoke a Pregnant Woman's Venom

1. You're huge! That's nice. Nothing like insulting someone who will never ever forget you said that and if you're reading this, you know who you are. 2. Haven't you had that baby yet?! Does it look like I've had the baby yet?! 3. Do you think it's twins? No, I don't. I trust modern day medicine and the reliability of ultrasound which has been found to be highly reliable for counting people. 4. You're only three months?! What you are really saying is, "holy cow, you are ginor ..

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A Birthday Tradition

Friday, April 01, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
A Birthday Tradition

I ponder this concept on my 41st birthday. Forty one. Not entrance into a new decade like last year but another notch on the old tree I imagine where my brother and I would carve our birthday lines. Yes, located in the same field down the short hill from our house, it was the same geographic location where we became blood brother and sister. The tiny scar still on my wrist from that birthday and the intermingling of our blood. Ironic, isn't it? My closest genetic link and yet, we added ..

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Do Mothers have birthdays?

Friday, April 01, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Do Mothers have birthdays?

Birthdays, my birthday, is a long ago memory and you know it too if you have children and no matter what charming story you tell yourself, the days of you are finished. I have been guilty too and this very evening you will likely get a sappy inspiring birthday take from me, yours truly. Yes, I run hot and cold as a bathroom shower in an old dormitory but damn it, today is my birthday. My forty plus one and I nearly forgot it myself. In all seriousness, on Saturday I was in the middle of  ..

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Let it Go

Thursday, March 31, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Let it Go

Please. I watch you struggling to hold the pieces in a puzzle that is being not only turned upside but physically shaken by life and what it has offered you. Not an offering of love but difficulty, a trial or several trials that have gained control of the person that you no longer know. Where is that girl? The one that once upon a time was quick to laugh or smile, greeted people with a friendly hello at small town sports events and moved in social circles with an air of enviable confidence.  ..

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Second Chances

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Second Chances

We don't always get second chances. We can't take back a hurtful comment, a quip directed at our spouse that we knew was unkind but still seemed well-deserved. We can't magically grab back the email that was sent when we were too hurt to respond in a reasonable way. We can't stop the flood of tears that flow at the most inopportune times and reveal a vulnerability that gives way quickly to a torrent of anger. We all have had these things happen, just the many life mistakes that disappear ..

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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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