So, yes, charity ball. I’ve never been part of a silent auction before; though I think it was actually more of a whisper-y auction as the top bids on each item were being projected onto a screen for all to read, which made me properly competitive. I was all “who, ME?” and fluttery when I realised I’d won the wine glasses and that the money was going to the children (somebody has to think of the children, you know). I will no doubt feel smug every time I slurp out of one of my winning glasses.
Despite all the thinking of the children which was good, I did find the whole set-up a little unsettling. Having recently budgeted a wedding, I started calculating the cost of the ball itself and comparing that with the money raised on the night, fairly unfavourably. Even adding in the price of the table to the charity profit calculation, I couldn’t help but feel a little bit like the ball involved an unnecessary amount of expenditure. I could be totally wrong; the venue might have donated its services, or possibly the caterers etc – in fact, I really hope that’s the case. I just found it a little distasteful that in order to get me to open my wallet, it was necessary to wine and dine me in such splendour. Obviously, there is an incredibly layered discussion to be had here and I am basically only skimming the surface with some half-baked thinking, but there it is. And you’re right, I attended and ate and drank and donated, which I might not have otherwise done (being honest about it).
In other slightly related news, this round of Christmas palaver is getting obscene. I am out attending some event every night this week which is not a brag, it’s a hate situation. I am getting pretty sick of small talk and I’m hopeless at working a room. Other people are just so…intimidating, I think. To be fair, some of the events this week are personal and not schmoozy but my friends will likely not be experiencing the best of my sparkling wit and natural vivacity , as I’m fresh out of interesting anecdotes and natural smiles. What, you’ve noticed?!