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

Adrian H. Wood, PhD


Finding Your Butterflies

Thursday, April 28, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Finding Your Butterflies

Do you remember the last time you had butterflies? I have thought of that moment or really for me, that person who brought on a rabid and nervous case of the butterflies. This cute boy from Raleigh who I had known for years was living in Edenton and coming to Chapel Hill to pick me up for dinner. I was giddy with excitement and had secretly always admired the way he never gave me attention. If anything, he went out of his way to ignore me or that is what I like to believe. He did marry me af ..

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Why I Ended My Affair

Sunday, April 24, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Why I Ended My Affair

Yes, my affair. The significant other that has seemingly been more of a priority than my beloved husband and four precious children these last few years. Certainly, I am not the only one guilty of giving in to this tempting transgression. One that began with good intentions but slowly took over my attention; inundating my daily schedule, insisting on coming first. And so, an unhealthy relationship was formed between us, under the radar. Amazingly enough, I ignored the warning signs and t ..

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The Foreshadowing Photograph

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
The Foreshadowing Photograph

The photo was accompanied by my innocent caption of, "I know, Amos. I know. It's only Tuesday."I shared it on my personal page this morning and hoped it would bring a smile to my friends. How was I know the image would dominate my day? How many of us wake up fighting with ourselves to get up, fix coffee, make lunches, pour out dry cereal, brush hair, nag about teeth, verbalize plans for the day? Certain days are harder than others, a lurking field trip, doctor's appointment or soccer pra ..

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No Sidelines Today

Sunday, April 17, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
No Sidelines Today

Today our family joined other families for kickball and supper, just hot dogs and chips. Paper plates, plastic cups with room temperature lemonade and ketchup, mustard and Texas Pete available as condiments. It was not an unbelievable dinner, a meal to finish off a late afternoon kickball game and a couple hours of being completely available to our children. Dads were grilling and moms were leading the games, games with loose rules and explained by reluctant teenage daughters who seemed to s ..

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The Musings of A Ten Year Old Boy

Saturday, April 02, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
The Musings of A Ten Year Old Boy

As I sit here pondering my good fortune, I sneak side glances at the son beside me. It's nearly noon and we sit quietly in matching lawn chairs thinking of the stories whirling in our linked minds. He is one that often seems averse to my suggestions evident as he inquires about what we are going to do today for the tenth time. All my children require cajoling to some extent, particularly my three boys. My daughter most naturally embraces new plans and experiences unfamiliar. Like many small ..

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Dear Ramona Quimby

Friday, April 01, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Dear Ramona Quimby

Dear Ramona, You were my favorite, you know. Always. Before I could read your adventures myself, my mother read about your follies aloud and oh, how we laughed. I was the little sister in my family too, and you, I believed, were my long lost soulmate — the one who would not laugh when I got into my own debacles. How was I to know our newly paved street was still sticky warm with thick black tar when I walked over it? Or that the thick black tar would cling to my shoes and the ..

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I Was The Mean Girl

Friday, April 01, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
I Was The Mean Girl

I was the mean girl. I was her. She was me. Do you know how hard it is to admit that aloud, much less on paper for the whole world to see? Hard, so so hard. I say it though to give hope to the mothers of children who are subjected to the meanness or the teasing that puts others down. Even more important, I say it to the mothers of the excluders, the daughters who may be popular and use their status to push others down, subtly or inadvertently or in a spirit of meanness. I was tha ..

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Our Easter Story

Friday, April 01, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Our Easter Story

Somehow, for me, it always comes back to the example of Easter morning, just like any Sunday of getting to church but several hours earlier. A tale of truth for many well-intentioned families just like ours, rushing to rise before the sun, cringing as we wake up sleeping toddlers and rushing to gather blankets for the Sunrise service. Perhaps our morning a bit easier on the small island though, we ride in a golf cart, half without shoes, one third in pajamas and none with brushed teeth. The ..

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Saying Goodbye to Baby Toes

Friday, April 01, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Saying Goodbye to Baby Toes

There are no more toes like this at my house. I have always been fascinated with the littlest of feet, eager to mark the spot on the fresh blank page of each baby book. Then, as I was filled with a rush of creativity, would take off socks and paint tiny toes and little feet for Christmas ornaments or parent directed paintings. Evidence of my amateur photography documenting my oldest son's toes adorned with pink nail polish, another son's toes peeking from his baptismal gown, my daughter ..

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My Week without Technology (One Month Ago)

Friday, April 01, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
My Week without Technology (One Month Ago)

Day 1 I can't help myself. I am trying to get a signal. I have posted on my blog and who knows if anyone likes it? The first hour is always key and I am left stranded. I recognize that this is ridiculous and head to the Magic Show with my family. Later, I realize the expense of wireless internet is $89 per day. Anyone that knows me, knows now that the decision is clenched with my thriftiness. My countdown begins. A long leisurely dinner amidst children and then bedtime earlier as I am not g ..

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