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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


Back to School

Monday, January 02, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Back to School

In August, I felt a bit sad as my people readied themselves for the school year. Today, I can't push them out the door fast enough. In August, people looked fairly presentable for photographs. Today, I'm fairly sure that two of three have on the same clothes from yesterday. In August, people were up and ready to go bright and early. Today, my children are up in arms there wasn't a weather delay. Yes, public school in Eastern NC means that wind, rain, and fog often give us ..

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And Then

Sunday, January 01, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
And Then

It was Christmas Eve, a day for spending quality time together and then, I sneaked away for just one little hour to drink my coffee and catch up on the news, i.e., Facebook. It was Christmas Eve, a day for breakfast with friends overlooking the Biscayne Bay and then, Amos had a fit, cried and threw his orange juice as I played every show he has ever liked on my phone and ordered a Bloody Mary. It was Christmas Eve, a day for the beach and collecting moon jellies and then, my b ..

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Motherhood Aspirations for 2017

Sunday, January 01, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Motherhood Aspirations for 2017

I am really going to try to do better. Seriously. 1. Put laundry away. While I have many problems with the laundry and admittedly, a kind soul that helps with the laundry, the putting it away is a real problem for me. 2. Cook dinner. I have created children with terrible eating habits and perhaps cooking items not from bags in the freezer filled with animal shaped items will help undo the mayhem I created. 3. Ignore my children less. I am setting the goal a ..

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Christmas Eve

Monday, December 26, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (1)
Christmas Eve

It was Christmas Eve, a day for spending quality time together and then, I sneaked away for just one little hour to drink my coffee and catch up on the news, i.e., Facebook. It was Christmas Eve, a day for breakfast with friends overlooking the Biscayne Bay and then, Amos had a fit, cried and threw his orange juice as I played every show he has ever liked on my phone and ordered a Bloody Mary. It was Christmas Eve, a day for the beach and collecting moon jellies and then, m ..

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Ten Best Quotes from Three Days with My Dad

Friday, December 23, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Ten Best Quotes from Three Days with My Dad

1. Is your last name Wood or Woods? People, you can't make this stuff up. This is a direct quote. 2. Y'all are like a tornado. All we do is simply walk in the door and within minutes, are met with the tornado accusation. 3. I didn't grow up like this. I'm not sure what this alludes to, but I have a feeling it is not a compliment. 4. I can hear fine. This, followed by the word WHAT, is in response to my suggestion that the television is at Defcon Four. Hoping ..

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Walking the Plank to Christmas Break

Friday, December 16, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Walking the Plank to Christmas Break

Yep. Today is the last day before freedom to accomplish anything evaporates. I am waving a white flag, to the powers that be, for suggestions next year. 1. Am I the only mother out there feeling totally insane and overwhelmed? Just say yes. If only to offer my crazed self camaraderie. 2. Christmas cards should be outlawed. The expense and the time required from start to finish rival one another for extreme insanity in the month of December. 3. Neighborhood gift giving  ..

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Never Say Never

Monday, December 05, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Never Say Never

As much as I remind myself to do this, I always forget and pride looms large in the mind of a mother, quite a dangerous place to inhabit. Never say never flashes periodically as I throw iPads at fighting children, buy movies for toddlers, threaten to beat people, and hand out money for teeth brushing. Well, the supreme reminder has fallen on me, quite like a concrete block, this Christmas. Two words for you: our Elf. I mean, Chippy. Why even hem and haw and scream from the rooftops ..

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The Elf that Saved Christmas

Monday, November 28, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
The Elf that Saved Christmas

Quite an old elf. The same one that I unearthed year after year when I was a child myself, his origins unknown, but his spreading joy an absolute each season. He has never been on a shelf though, most of his year hidden away in the crinkly tissue paper that filled up his cardboard box chateau. At one time, he had a friend but along the way, the friend had found greener pastures, his whereabouts a mystery to this very day. This elf is quite happy, a big smile worn on his tiny fac ..

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The Christmas Tree

Sunday, November 27, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
The Christmas Tree

If there is a tradition I relish from childhood, it is all encompassing of the Christmas tree. Our family of four would pile in the old VW bug and head to the only tree lot on Sunset Avenue in my town of Rocky Mount. I remember hot cocoa and darting amongst the trees as the sky darkened and being filled with joy and anticipation. This getting the tree was an indication that Christmas was surely near. My own family has done this nearly each year too, fourteen now, though somehow the real  ..

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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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