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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


To the School

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
To the School

Dear School, Ours is a special needs family. Next year scares me. I can’t imagine there’s a special needs parent that doesn’t feel that way. Why is it different for us? Well, I’ll tell you. My big three kids are going on to the next grade, regardless of what I do or say. There is no choice to be made unless we want to consider a different school all together or make a fuss in order to get a specific teacher. For those of us who have kids with special needs, ed ..

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Ted and Amos

Monday, June 18, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Ted and Amos

An unlikely pair, yet a match made in heaven. I wonder if that heaven phrase was born to describe things or those relationships that could only be crafted by the very hand of God? I think so. A year ago, I longed for Amos to go to Sunday school and yet, I didn’t want to have to take him. A big part of him being in the world is learning to do it without his mama. I talked to the powers that be and we made a go of it. Him in his class and me helping to teach the older group, ..

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Autism Never Goes on Vacation

Saturday, June 16, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Autism Never Goes on Vacation

Autism never goes on vacation. I didn’t know that before this precious boy. At least, I didn’t think about it. Vacation is a getaway, realistically, a relocation. For autism though, it’s tough stuff. New places. New beds. New activities. Autism doesn’t like new so much. New is scary at our house and things like jacuzzi jets or gas station bathroom hand dryers can set off a great big noisy fuss. We have more of those on vacation. It’s okay, truly,  ..

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Yellow Bellied Slider

Saturday, June 16, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Yellow Bellied Slider

He’s quite fetching, the boy named Amos. I’d like to call him “King of the Yellow Bellied Sliders,” but that would sound silly. I’d still like to, though. His next oldest brother has always adored creatures of this earth and when Amos stroked that big wide shell, I was fearful and proud. Autism is reflected in most everything we encounter, at least when we’re looking. Brave yellow bellied sliders born of Queen Anne’s Creek seem to be more friend than foe to Edent ..

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Love of a Sister

Sunday, June 10, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Love of a Sister

She shares so much these days. Just two since school’s been out and already, I’ve learned an awful lot. She’s squished between two older siblings and one younger. All boys and she, my daughter, is the Lone Ranger of all things lovely. Not in the most traditional of ways, but she thinks these big thoughts. This brother arrived four years behind her and she has been the most enchanting of big sisters. She works with him. Every day, she works with him. Mom ..

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It’s Them

Monday, June 04, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
It’s Them

If anyone knows what it’s like to give your heart away, it’s them. If anyone smiles and stretches out their arms most every morning, it’s them. If anyone feels every boo-boo, those inside and out, it’s them. If anyone dreams big and embraces a future that scares the daylights out of me, it’s them. If anyone overlooks diaper changes and messy noses, it’s them. If anyone notices progress that slips past the world unaware, it’s them. If anyone can cajole grumpy lit ..

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His is the Face

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
His is the Face

His is the face the face of a boy just half past four years old the face of my youngest child the face of the son I never dreamt of having the face of autism and extra special needs the face of a child who loves big the face of the one who has shown me that life has a way of surprising us the face of a little brother named Amos who is quite delighted in his ability to flip a light switch Oh, his is the most beautiful face. ..

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Lub

Sunday, January 14, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Lub

Most every night, I tell the littlest boy in our house to say goodnight and give a hug. It’s not been so long that he’s learned to follow directions such as this and so, we have delighted in this snippet of success over the cold winter evenings. One by one, he makes his way ‘round the room, his signature walk and acknowledgement bright amongst the fire’s flames. At four years old, his big brothers were mastering the art of riding with no training wheels and Amos? He is learning ..

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Amos the Meteor

Monday, December 18, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Amos the Meteor

It’s been one week. One week to share with our parents and to ponder the force of genetics in our family. The words were crushing, I didn’t know a genetic diagnosis would feel like that. And then, real life happened. Our faithful friend was put to sleep and Amos, the four year old subject of genetics, learned to unzip his feety pajamas, take off his pull up, and pee in his bed (a pack and play- it’s a long story.) Genetics. Whole Exome Sequencing (WES) done t ..

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He Knows Us

Monday, December 18, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
He Knows Us

One by one, he hugged them. Daddy, then Russell, then Blair, then Thomas. Again and again, I called out the names of his father and three siblings and the little boy paused and glanced and turned his blond head in the direction of each one. In his lopsided signature gate, he crossed the old red rug and hurled his small self into each of their arms and grinned with his eyes as much as his perfect mouth. “Yah, Amos,” he would cheer for himself and we would echo his words ..

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