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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


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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Solving the Mystery of Birth Order

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

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