Casinos, Adoption, and Vacations

January 30, 2005 · 0 comments

Went to Greektown Casino on Saturday night with a group from work. Although we were concerned about meeting so late (well, late for us), by the time we headed out, I was excited and wide awake. We all met up and had a wonderful dinner and then set out to blow some cash! Since a few of us had vouchers, we decided to go all out and sit down at the $1 Wheel of Fortune Slots. What the heck, it wasn’t our money! Unfortunately, you can lose twice the money in half the time! I was up for a few minutes, but then just kept spinning…and spinning…and spinning and POOF! Gone. But, hey, I went assuming I would lose, not win! A good time was definitely had by all though.

So, of course, the first thing I noticed was that it wasn’t Vegas. Not by a long shot. But that was okay too. However, the one major affect that had was making me want to go to Vegas… unfortunately, not in the plans this year, and we’re all slightly saddened about it. Anyway, it’s not a bad casino; it was totally packed and wasn’t that bad smoke-wise.

I watched this Dateline episode about the little boy who was supposed to be adopted when he was literally moments out of the womb. 3 1/2 years later, his adoptive parents are left with nothing, his biological father has been in the picture since about 3 months, and suddenly his birth mother decided she wanted him. She has since married and had another baby; she’s been in the picture since the very beginning. I am so saddened by the entire situation. I have no idea who is right; probably none of them. As a mother, I can’t imagine someone taking away my son after one day, let alone after living with him every day for 3 1/2 years, so I feel for the adoptive parents. As an adoptee, I couldn’t fathom my parents asking for me back, but of course, that was back in the day of closed adoptions. Either way, again as a mother, I totally feel for the biological mother. In the same respect though, I feel like she made her choice, and that it totally unfair to everyone involved to wait over 3 years to decide she made a poor decision. No matter what, it’s a totally sad situation and my heart breaks for that little boy. Although he seems ok in all of the home videos, and he’s a young and resilient toddler, I can’t help but think this is going to haunt him someday in the future, especially given the media coverage. So sad.

My cousin is getting married in May and I think we’re going to be attending. It’s in Chicago, which is only about 4 hours away. It’s on a Saturday night, so I’m hoping we can leave Friday morning, take our time, spend the night and then check out some of the city the next morning before going to the wedding. That would be vacation #1.

I have repeatedly promised to visit my lovely cousins in Maryland/Virginia in the Spring/Summer and I can’t wait to go! I want to go when it’s warm enough so we can take the boy to the beach. I have no idea when that will be, I guess in June? July? Hmmm… That will be vacation #2.

As previously mentioned, there will not be a fall Vegas trip this year, so thus ends my vacations portion of my blog.

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