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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


Blair's Thoughts

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Blair's Thoughts

She shares so much these days. Just two since school’s been out and already, I’ve learned an awful lot. She’s squished between two older siblings and one younger. All boys and she, my daughter, is the Lone Ranger of all things lovely. Not in the most traditional of ways, but she thinks these big thoughts. This brother arrived four years behind her and she has been the most enchanting of big sisters. She works with him. Every day, she works with him. Mom ..

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Awards Day

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Awards Day

It wasn’t how I thought the day would unfold. Truly. I was sick with worry and in a fit of neediness, I asked my mama to come and spend the day. She said yes. She went with me to an IEP meeting that was awfully good. Mothers know best, don’t they? Mine does. She went with me to my oldest son’s award ceremony. He won an awful lot. I never won much of anything. I was never the best at anything unless you count the second time I took Latin I, but I  ..

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We're Home

Saturday, June 09, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
We're Home

The words of my eight year old daughter as we drove into the parking lot in Pine Knoll Shores. We're home! Her gleeful words reflected the thoughts that had cleansed my mind free of education nonsense and reminded me where my heart is rooted. It's not the where as much though, as the why. My parents have had a condo since I was just five years old and so, for the family that switched houses every few years, it has been the constant. It's nothing fancy. It's not on the ocean though y ..

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Stairsteps

Friday, June 08, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Stairsteps

My favorite part of today? It wasn’t the awards. It wasn’t the end of school excitement. It wasn’t even the knowing that no more lunches would have to be packed over the next 11 weeks. It was these two. An older brother, a sixth grader this year, and a younger brother, a fourth grader. The oldest asked what he should wear and I asked for what. I’m going to Russell’s awards day, remember? Of course I didn’t remember. I am an exhausted sloth at this ..

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No Rewards for Test Scores

Tuesday, June 05, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
No Rewards for Test Scores

Many schools are offering parties, trips, all variety of incentive programs for high EOG scores. Last year, a bus took a group of kids from Tarboro to King’s Dominion, kids that made 4’s and 5’s. A Charlotte school took pictures of the children who made 4's and 5's so that the images could be made into posters to hang around the school. It was shared with me that a teacher observing the photography session said: In 19 years, I've actually never worked anywhere where scores were announced pub ..

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Sons of Mine

Friday, June 01, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Sons of Mine

Would you believe me if I told you that these sons of mine have made my life complete? There are two more, of course, the sister that comes between and the oldest brother. The sun shone bright after days of endless clouds spilling rain. Not quite June and it was summer hot, a wallow in a wave pool kind of day and so, we did. The whole lot of us. We swam and jumped and dunked and ebbed and flowed and submerged our weary selves in a day of simplicity. The banter wa ..

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The Senior Walk

Thursday, May 24, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
The Senior Walk

A tradition in our small town. Late May, the seniors try on their caps and gowns for the first time and then, they take a walk through their old stomping grounds White Oak Elementary. DF Walker Elementary. Chowan Middle. My own four children are dispersed between those three schools and they came home, eager to share who they had seen and the high fives that had been dispersed. One hundred and forty three shining faces, young men and women, who have been raised  ..

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Bishop Curry

Sunday, May 20, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Bishop Curry

We expected tradition. Stiff British upper lips. Fascinators. We did not expect to be taken to church. But I’ll be damned if The Most Reverend Michael Curry, the first African-American Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, didn’t take us right there. His sermon quoted from St. Paul and Martin Luther King, Jr., and centered around the redemptive qualities of simple, selfless love. The love between Harry and Meghan, the love Jesus had for the world and the power ..

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This Woman

Saturday, May 12, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
This Woman

Oh, this woman illustrates grace and strength in the path of adversity, kindness in the path of righteousness, joy in the path of heartbreak and love as the path that guides her journey. I’m so thankful to follow behind her. Much love to you, Mama. Adrian & Adam ..

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Happy Birthday Daddy

Friday, May 11, 2018 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Happy Birthday Daddy

Adrian Thorpe Harrold A moment ago a baby but now much stronger How I wish it could have taken longer A toddler with a blankie and then new math Childhood lights your own path Don't forget those who loves you and were left behind No matter what, you'll always shine At any early age you knew strife Let them be a milestone for your life Now, don't look back but forward to the sky Lift your head and countenance high The future is bright and cle ..

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