Gimme Gimme Always Gets
The season has started (not that I think it ever truly goes away) when every store I go into has some cause they are raising money for. You know the scenario....you go up to pay, are there minding your business, debit card in hand, cell phone buzzing in your pocket, applying lip balm while you listen to the cashier ask you if you found everything you were looking for, and then they drop the bomb: Would you care to make a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society/ Easter Seals/ Arthritis Society/ Alzheimer's Fund/ Connie's Bachelorette Party/ Help Kevin Pay For the Dermatologist Fund?
Or, my favourite, any kind of Literacy Fund, which I can never, ever say no to.
The truth is, I want to help everyone, and I do. I always say sure, donate 2 bucks, 3 bucks, 5 bucks, whatever - because I think all of those causes deserve the cash. Except maybe Connie - I don't really give a shit about her bachelorette extravaganza.
I always feel compelled to donate. Always. Once, last summer, I said "Um, not today," and I felt so guilty about it that I think I gave 10 bucks the next time I went. And I felt like everyone from the cashier to the 5 people in line behind me were thinking about what a horrid person I was for saying no.
But you know what? Other people say no all the time!!!! I don't know how they do it - it boggles my mind. Does anyone else have this dilemma? I find that if I say no to some and yes to others, I'm playing favourites, when really, the cancer cause is just as important as the Alzheimer's one.
Ah well, unless you're Connie, you can be sure I'll be ponying up at the till for your cause.