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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


Ten Parenting Hacks for A Good School Year

Tuesday, August 08, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Ten Parenting Hacks for A Good School Year

Considering teacher letters were delivered in our small town today, I'm sharing my best hacks to ensure a great year. 1. Do not complain about who your child has gotten for a teacher. Be willing to give said person a fair shake, no calling the principal or other administrator and no Facebook rants. Absolutely no exceptions. 2. Email your child’s teacher and introduce yourself. It is good manners to say hello and tell them you're excited for the school year. 3. As ..

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A Letter to the Perfect Moms

Thursday, August 03, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
A Letter to the Perfect Moms

You people are wearing me out. Not just me, but all of us, as in all the moms out there who just tell it like it is. It’s called being real and honest and yes, the truth really does set you free. Have I peaked your interest? How can I convince you to cross over to the other side? Please, lay down your social media magic wands and get moving. Don't act all innocent, you know of what I speak. Those perfect photographs, the mouths open in laughter, the smartly coifed children, all of  ..

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Camp Musings

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (1)
Camp Musings

1. Does anyone actually own 14 pairs of shorts? 2. Three sets of sheets lasts six months at our house. 3. My children have never used a washcloth. 4. Why has no one invented a toothbrush with toothpaste inside? 5. I still have leftover stamped stationary from last year, so that's a plus. 6. Three children going to camp means that their grandparents could have sent me to Europe and left kids at home with a babysitter. 7. I hope it's not a problem that my  ..

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Ten Clues Summer Has Arrived

Monday, June 12, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (1)
Ten Clues Summer Has Arrived

1. Last day of school picture is terrible. No new anything and people fighting while using creative renditions of the f word. 2. I'm cursing at the children. FYI, I don't use the f word though. 3. No one has bathed in a good five days. Wet wipes are suffice. 4. I woke up and did not pack one frickin' lunchbox. Sunscreen application has replaced that duty. 5. My healthy eating regimen lasted 12 hours. It began after Pizza Inn last night and ended ..

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Ten Reasons College Friends Are Your Best Friends

Saturday, June 03, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Ten Reasons College Friends Are Your Best Friends

1. 20,000 hours. Time spent taking care of no one, thinking about no one and doing whatever the Hell you wanted minus a few classes. 2. Clothes were a community item. In fact, you may as well have not purchased any items, as it was much more delightful to scavenge through another's old crappy t-shirt collection, stolen stand up shorts and rainbows. 3. Privacy was not a thing. Changing clothes, trying on a zillion bathing suits, and best of all, talking to unsuspectin ..

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Ten Mother's Day Quotes

Sunday, May 14, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Ten Mother's Day Quotes

1. It's Mother's Day and you're making me yell. 2. You're complaining and I'm not relaxing. 3. Can you people just not fight for one tiny day? 4. I'm trying to be nice but I'm about to beat you. 5. It's hard to be thankful for you when you're kicking him. 6. Can y'all just let me be? 7. It's so fun being a mother (I said this before getting out of bed.) 8. That is not a real present; it's a plastic cup from your Sunday school teacher. 9. Next year I' ..

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Join the Club

Sunday, April 30, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (2)
Join the Club

Membership is fairly simple. It involves throwing your pride to the wind and conceding defeat, even on Sunday mornings. Once you can take your youngest to church in a John John, shirtless I might add, you'll get your key. It's a key to the club called Being Real and it is fantabulous. It's tough though, you've likely been striving for this thing called perfection for a while now and it won't be an easy break up. Abandoning any addiction takes willpower and fortitude, reminding yourself  ..

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My Dad Strikes Again

Thursday, April 27, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (1)
My Dad Strikes Again

I hate to disappoint the many rabid fans of my father, but he has clearly been on his best behavior though I've got a few isms. 1. All the astronauts were from Ohio. John Glenn & Neil Armstrong, he told us, not once but six times as we watched Hidden Figures. 2. The Wright brothers were from Ohio too, even if people from North Carolina pretend they're not. My dad is from Ohio in case you were wondering. 3. My son: I didn't know the volume could go up to 99.  ..

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Recipe for Troll Slaying

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Recipe for Troll Slaying

1. Don't be rash. One must not get their panties in a wad over hurtful comments. Seriously, this is a time to grow in adversity and firm up your backbone. 2. Say nothing. This is the best method, but if you're like me, you can't stand to be quiet so scratch that one. 3. Remember to say thank you. I like to offer my appreciation and a query regarding their passionate interest in my topic. 4. Kill 'em with kindness. Be specific, like, you're expertise must be s ..

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Holler If You're Not A Size 2

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Holler If You're Not A Size 2

Lululemon. A store that doesn't believe in capital letters and yet it has quite an army of unkind yogic defenders. I wrote, a bit tongue in cheek as always, my observations of the fancy athletic store on a recent trip to Miami. A bit of country mouse goes to the big city; she gets a view outside her snow globe that isn't limited to a few thousand folks, who come to find out, are so much nicer than the big wide world. Maybe it's Edenton or perhaps, just North Carolinians, but we do ..

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