Back to Basics

Fri, March 30, 2007


I discovered something about PunditGirl this week.

She’s a retro kind of girl.

This week was her Spring Break, and I had toyed with signing her up for a day or two of camp at school, but decided that what we needed here at Chez PunditMom was some good, old-fashioned mommy and daughter time, even if that inevitably meant super-boredom.

Aside from a few routine doctor appointments, I had grand plans — the new branch of the Air and Space museum with the space shuttle, the zoo, maybe expose her to a little art.

But PunditGirl had other plans.

Aside from having to deal with certain truths, she just wanted to be outside. We stopped at the local toy store early in the week, picked up a jump rope and a soccer ball and made for the backyard. That, along with the red Razor scooter and the two-wheeler with the wobbly training wheels, as well as a two-hour (!) trip to the ice skating rink, and that’s all she wanted to do.

Happy as a clam. Give this girl a day full of back-to-basics physical activity, and everyone’s day is a little brighter.

This afternoon, we’re off to NYC to visit the newly-engaged stepdaughter, so I asked Rachel what she had thought of our week of “Mommy camp:”

Without missing a beat, her reply was, “AWESOME!”

Made my day! Having said that, I see how difficult it’s going to be to get her back on the school routine on Monday! ;)

So, next week, back to school for her and back to punditry for me. While we’re strolling around the Big Apple, check out this article today about Rebecca Walker’s new book and her comments about how adoptive parents’ love for their children just isn’t the same as the love bio parents have for their “natural” children.

As you can imagine, I will have a more well-formed thing or two to say about that when we get back!

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12 Responses to “Back to Basics”

  1. Pendullum Says:

    Sounds like the ideal camp…
    And Yes, Monday will be tough for both her and you!

  2. flybunny Says:

    Rebecca Walker can drive her butt to KS and accompany this adopted daughter to all of her adopted mother’s appointments with her oncologist and watch the 2 of us as we discuss treatment options etc and see the look of fear on both of our faces as I face the future with out her in my life and tell me that adopted parents/kids don’t have the connection of biological parents/kids and then I will gladly bend over so she can kiss my lily white rear end.

    Yes, this is a touchy subject for me and hits way to close to home right now.

    Glad you and Rachel had a great time at Mom camp – my kids were home with me this week and the only thing we did that they loved was drove around to MANY different stores looking for the elusive webkinz!

  3. Oh, The Joys Says:

    I want to go to Mommy camp too!

  4. Newbie Says:

    Hi. I read Baby Love and I really liked it. I have not been involved in blogs before, but after reading the book, I checked out Rebecca’s website and she has one: and so I figured I would see what other blogs are out there talking about her book.

    On her blog, she explains what she elaborates on her comments about adoption and being a step parent.

    I do not have any adopted or step children, so I cannot speak from experience, but after reading both the book and the blog, I think those are Rebecca’s feelings from her own life experience.

    Anyway, thought you guys might be interested.

    Thanks for having me!

  5. Lawyer Mama Says:

    How wonderful! I’m so glad you had such a great time. Now I’m off to read about Rebecca Walker. I’m already cringing inside.

  6. Mrs. Chicky Says:

    My lord, she’s a cute little girl.

    She looks very happy on that bike. Good old fashioned mommy time must have been good for her.

    Have fun at Mommy Camp!

  7. modmom Says:

    thanks for the linklove punditmom!
    her spring breaksounds great + you can do that other stuff soon.

    poor flybunny. chemotherapy changed my terrible prognosis to a good one last year + i hope that for your mom.

    i’ve always known mothering makes a mother, not the biological act of giving birth.

  8. Mamma Says:

    Yeah, my mom doesn’t love me. That’s why she worked her tail off as the sole breadwinner, homemaker, family business manager, cruise director and oh yeah mommy–all at the same time. I mean if she REALLY loved me she probably could have done a lot more to make our lives fuller.

    What BS!!! Oh, I’m all riled up now.

  9. Queen of the Mayhem Says:

    Going back after a break is always so hard! We start spring break on Good Friday, so I will pulling out all the stops next week!

    PunditGirl is lucky to have a great mommy like you!

    PS: A mom is a mom….end of story!
    (As far as I see it!)

  10. Shannon Says:

    Glad you had a nice spring break. Welcome back.

  11. JudesMommy Says:

    Welcome back!

    I’m going to take some time to go check out Rebecca Walker this week, but my initial reaction is, does she not know that love doesn’t come in gallon jugs? It’s limitless! LIMITLESS! Love is love. We are all connected. When we get that through our thick heads on this planet we may actually get somewhere!

    Argh…I’m all fired up already and I’ve not even headed over there yet.

  12. Pecos Blue Says:

    The basics always good.

    I will check out the article seems disturbing. I am adopted and have had wonderful parents all around. I feel my adopted or as I call them my “real” parents could not have loved me more.

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