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Tales Of An Educated Debutante

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The future is far away and scary, but today is lovely.

Adrian H. Wood, PhD


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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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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