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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


My Daughter

Friday, November 18, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (1)
My Daughter

My daughter falls between three brothers and she is quite resolute. She is efficient and pro-active, a smaller and sweeter version of myself, her gap toothed smile stares back at me in my old school pictures. She longs for my time and so often, I tell her that I am unavailable before 6:30am, but not today. I had stayed up too late last night (10:30) and so, I groggily made my way downstairs to make a cup of Folger's and slowly wake up in the thirty minutes of quiet darkness that I  ..

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The Gift of Questions

Friday, November 18, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
The Gift of Questions

Is he getting his picture made? How old is he? Is he Blair's brother? Why does he wear glasses? Can he talk? Is he in pre-k? How old is he? He's cute. Can he give me five? This week, I stood in line holding Amos in my arms, as we waited to take his picture for the yearbook. My three year old son is surely the youngest person at our elementary school and probably the only one in a long all. It was okay though and the questions directed our way ..

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Laughter

Saturday, November 05, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (1)
Laughter

Laughter is good for the soul. It must be because as I lie in bed watching tv amongst a gaggle of girls, I am laughing and shrouded in contentment. To have my face frozen in a smile for a few days may be my best and newly discovered medicine for tackling life. Life, the real one for me, certainly has laughter, but it is more complicated. Life involves a small town, four children, one with special needs, a hard working husband and a house and a dog and a cat and all those wonderful thing ..

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To Whom It May Concern at the United States Post Office

Saturday, October 29, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (1)
To Whom It May Concern at the United States Post Office

I am writing to thank you for the kindness of several of your dedicated employees in my hometown of Edenton, North Carolina. My daughter set her sights, quite last minute, on being a mail carrier for her small elementary school's "Storybook Character Day." Having only one day to get this costume idea put together, there was no time for ordering or even traveling to a nearby large town to purchase a store bought ensemble. I shopped around our small town and came up with clothes th ..

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Top Ten Volunteer Positions Off Limit for Complaints

Friday, October 28, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Top Ten Volunteer Positions Off Limit for Complaints

Top Ten Volunteer Positions Off Limit for Complaints 1. The Coach Ahhh, yes, the volunteer coach for whatever meager group has asked, be it church, school, or the recreation department. Unless you want to slap on a whistle and start texting people about practices and rescheduled games, swallow and release all hot air internally. 2. The PTA Admittedly, I am a bit biased since I am admittedly not such a great president but I was not vying for this position. Remember that.  ..

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Mediocre Breastfeeding Advice

Monday, October 17, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Mediocre Breastfeeding Advice

Mediocre Breastfeeding Advice Holy cow. Finally, I am an expert on something. 1. Wear a nursing bra at all times. Trust me on this one. The term "nipple chafe" is not one you want rolling off your lips early on and then the milksplosions turn your sleep nest into sour city. 2. Prior to giving birth, demand a prescription for "all-purpose nipple ointment." A wonderful compounded invention with a bit of lanolin, bit of yeast defense, but of antibiotic and some sort of num ..

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Blindsided By Motherhood

Monday, October 17, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Blindsided By Motherhood

Motherhood ended the era of which I played the lead role. Perfectly wonderful and yet, I was completely and totally caught off guard. I remember looking at the double lines on the stick and feeling excited, but a bit like I was teetering atop the high dive. The more pregnant I was, the more nervous I became. Though I have tried to block it out, I remember crying to my husband telling him that I just wasn't sure if this had been a good idea. He kindly refrained from pointing out that it  ..

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Public Service Announcement

Monday, October 17, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Public Service Announcement

This is a public service announcement from your PTA president. This formal designation is a unpaid position available for anyone out there who is seeking notoriety in an unfortunate way. Yes, the role of PTA president could have been yours with one simple phone call. I waited all summer for the call to relieve me of my derelict duty and alas, it never arrived. Therefore, I am waving a white flag and kindly sharing my three rules as your president. Rule Number One This one is ke ..

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Ten Things I Can't Stop Buying

Saturday, October 15, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Ten Things I Can't Stop Buying

1. Tote Bags What is about a new tote that makes me immediately have a skip in my step and envision a weekend away, taking only my bikini, a book, and my favorite pajamas? I don't know because that is never going to happen, me away maybe, me in a bikini, no way. 2. Books I am borderline obsessive. This is an enviable bad habit, if there is such a thing, except I can't seem to read the books. I used to, but now I just like reading about what books I should read and then b ..

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The Kind Grocery Store Manager

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
The Kind Grocery Store Manager

To me, the word "kind" is synonymous with the role of grocery store manager. From the time I was a little bitty girl, I have always found the grocery store a friendly place. Growing up, we went each afternoon to Englewood Market, a family owned grocery in my hometown of Rocky Mount, NC. Every day we browsed the small but fruitful space and debated on what to have for dinner that evening, pestered our mother for cereal other than Wheaties or Raisin Bran, and often collected a dog bone fr ..

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