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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


Merry Christmas

Tuesday, December 25, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Merry Christmas

Being a grown up on Christmas isn’t magical or surprising or thrilling. No, it’s even better. It’s pajamas and hover boards in the living room, brisk walks and pizza for dinner. It’s contentment in its best form, feels like exhaustion in a good way, and it’s the settling of the sea after the furtive tracking of the Christmas storm. It’s family and creating family and making memories and yummy drinks and memories. It’s laughing and choosing joy and wiping tears and remembering  ..

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Christmas Eve

Monday, December 24, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Christmas Eve

It’s Christmas Eve and though visions of sugarplums dance in my head, children argue over Xbox remotes and steal my phone. It’s Christmas Eve and though I planned a yummy breakfast, I served up some mini wheats in paper bowls. It’s Christmas Eve and when I mentioned going to church, my family acted like I was shipping them to prison- I mean, it’s Monday, they cried. It’s Christmas Eve and though I imagine a family bike ride, we are all splayed on the couch eating a Food Lio ..

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It’s the day before Christmas.

Monday, December 24, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
It’s the day before Christmas.

I used to have these grand plans to be terribly organized. And then, I realized that I never was, never have been, and never will be that person. And so, I’m learning. I’m learning about presents. Giving less and a few things no one even asked for, one mentioned as an example of what said person absolutely does NOT want. Oh, well, life rarely delivers plans on a gold platter. I’m learning about fun. It doesn’t have to be complicated, though so often we do our damndest  ..

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Ten Signs that the Christmas Cluster is Kicking Your Ass

Sunday, December 23, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Ten Signs that the Christmas Cluster is Kicking Your Ass

1. You’re on an unnecessary buying spree. Weeks after you claimed this was the year of the minimalist, you’ve fallen victim to the little voice which says, “You need more!” 2. You’re dropping the f bomb. A lot. 3. You have consumed a donut and a cheeseburger within one hour. Before 11am. 4. The hours left for shipping countdown are causing heart palpitations and buying is cheaper than the emergency room. 5. Your favorite Christmas song is Mr. Grinch. 6. You unwrap  ..

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A Teenager

Saturday, December 22, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
A Teenager

I never dreamt of having a teenager. A baby, perhaps, but not much further. In the blink of an eye, that wee person turned toddler and if I squint my eyes and command my mind to remember, I can hear his three year old voice. Where did the last ten years go? They couldn’t have flown by because I was right there. Most every second and moment, I sat vigil, a witness, sometimes captive, but an eager passenger, nonetheless. And yet, it’s as if those days just tumbled off the eart ..

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Walking the Plank to Christmas Break

Friday, December 21, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Walking the Plank to Christmas Break

Yep. The last day of freedom to accomplish anything is evaporating as we speak. 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 perpetuate extreme insanity in the month of December, especially for people who forget to add t ..

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The Boy Who Made Me a Mother

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
The Boy Who Made Me a Mother

The Boy Who Made Me a Mother It was you. I was instantly besotted by you, a dark headed son, five pounds, one ounce, nearly five weeks early. My heart would never be the same. I cradled you in my arms and thought to myself, I can’t believe they’re going to just let us leave with him. For good reason, our big old furnace had run out of oil and so, we wrapped you in a fleece blanket and handed over a credit card to warm you that cold December day. Jaundice, dehydration, my m ..

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The Best Christmas Letter Ever

Monday, December 17, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
The Best Christmas Letter Ever

2018 was not terribly exciting. The kids are doing well in school. Ready for Harvard? I don’t know, but we really like their teachers. Thomas, 12, made the middle school soccer team and though he’s not the best, he likes playing. Russell, 11, got his first B and took it pretty well. He is slowly mastering the need for punctuation. Blair, 9, has grown an inch, measures herself daily, and sees me as little more than her crappy hairdresser. Amos recently turned fiv ..

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The Christmas Pagent

Sunday, December 16, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
The Christmas Pagent

The pageant is today and I have the sheep with autism. I woke up worrying, worrying and praying that five year old Amos would participate and not make a big scene. Please, don’t tell me that it’s fine and no one minds if he’s destructive or has a big fit because the phone doesn’t play railway vehicles. You see, I mind. I long for him to be included, but not because it’s the right thing to do. Inclusion is such a tricky thing because it’s not just the being a part of  ..

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It's Not Enough

Friday, December 14, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
It's Not Enough

Hania, My thoughts have swirled with little else but you. Your funeral was a week ago and since then, we have learned your death was not just an evil tragedy, but a sorrowful culmination of human error. Of course, you were captured by your rapist and killer, over a month ago, but your fate was secured by a disk of evidence that vanished. It’s not enough. The district attorney has expressed his sorrow and regret. The police have acknowledged their ineptness, how the m ..

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