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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


Dear Moon,

Monday, May 08, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (2)
Dear Moon,

Will you watch my boy when I'm gone? Will you remember to rise when the sun has not set? Will you bathe him in light when he's asleep in his bed? Will you follow him wherever life leads? Will you remind him that he and his mama looked for you most every evening? Will you whisper your presence to him when he feels alone? Will you comfort him when my arms can't stretch that far? Will you shine upon his face so that his light can alway be seen? Will you kiss ..

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Visceral Joy

Friday, May 05, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (1)
Visceral Joy

If I were to get a tattoo, it would be of the joy captured in this snapshot, on the face of the boy named Amos. Instead, I am imprinting it on my heart. It says to me, don't you dare wallow in grief or be sad for me or miss one iota of joy in the every day. I am happy, I read in the face that turns toward the sun. I am content, I feel in the arch of his body atop the hands of his father. If I remember to get quiet, I can still hear the delight in his little boy squeals. Visceral jo ..

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The Littlest Tyrant

Sunday, April 23, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
The Littlest Tyrant

It is a side we haven't seen much of and truthfully, it was a welcome sight. Squabbling between my two youngest children has never happened before and so, three and a half years later, I am thankful. These two are nearly five years apart and my daughter has treated the brother with extra special needs as her own baby. He's always been defiant and ignored her for the most part, but she has loved him from the get go. This morning, the tide changed and in a good way. It's disconcerting to h ..

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Friendship

Thursday, April 20, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (1)
Friendship

There is nothing quite like feeling alone in the world and having friends come to your rescue. I have a handful that I get to see in real life, their families a tangible reminder of joy. There are even more who I have yet to meet, the many folks who I've been blessed to know through the world of social media. Having a tribe of families to count on, especially families with children who have their own extra special needs, has been my saving grace. To say thank you is to remind myself to  ..

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Pride of a Sister

Thursday, April 20, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Pride of a Sister

Before we became a special needs family, pride in our house trickled from parent to child. Three year old Amos, with autism and extra special needs, has inspired our whole crew to be better, work harder, act in sensitivity, be empathetic, practice thoughtfulness and most importantly, to count mosquito wings as they skirt our path. They do so very often too, bits of success and progress accounted for, especially in our youngest family member. It was his sister that acknowledged the ..

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Sunbeam

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Sunbeam

Are all children with special needs considered a lovely bit of light by their mothers? Or perhaps, those with autism? I think maybe it's a bit of both, a person whose mind is wired creatively and maybe their chromosomes are just a bit unique. Sunbeam is defined as a beam of light from the sun that you can see. That you can see, that is my favorite part. Light is all around us, most all the time, but one can not articulate its' origin. No, it encompasses the world around us and enve ..

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A Boy's Love

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
A Boy's Love

I've got it. The love of one boy, at least. I've always been his lifeline, though it's a role I didn't particularly seek. To vie for the love of Amos has never been close to a competition I had pondered. My other children adored their mama too, but Daddy was always a close second, actually first with our daughter. My mother has always been my oldest son's favorite, but Amos? He's been mine from the start. When your boy has extra special needs, you grow fierce. Love that grows wings  ..

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Thomas On Autism

Sunday, April 16, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Thomas On Autism

I think he knows something we don't. Ahhh, how I love a statement like this. My oldest reflecting on my youngest, biggest brother to smallest brother, typically developing boy to extra special developing boy. He's so very right and is the oldest of the three siblings of Amos that have led the way in seeking joy. They see their brother as himself, a person that is unique and amazing, and I don't read regret in their honest eyes. They make me aware that my own eyes and voice sometimes ref ..

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Holidays Meet Autism

Saturday, April 15, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Holidays Meet Autism

I'm no expert. After all, I've yet to have one holiday with autism as my friend except for Siblings Day and we all know that is a bunch of malarkey even if it does get my goat emotionally. No, Easter is my first rodeo and it's not officially until tomorrow, though today was the egg hunt. What's more traditional and all-American than hunting for plastic eggs filled with jelly beans and malted milk balls? Not much, I'm thinking. We've done this particular hunt for several years now in Key Bisc ..

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When I See You

Friday, April 14, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
When I See You

When I see you, I don't see autism staring back at me. When I see you, my foolish self swells with the good kind of pride. When I see you, my heart self smiles at every bit of your long legged person. When I see you, my mindful self often wonders what you're thinking. When I see you, my listening self imagines how it would sound to hear words falling from your mouth. When I see you, my questioning self wonders if you're truly happy. When I see you, my hopeful sel ..

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