Getting In Deeper and Deeper

10 Feb

I mean it’s for a good cause … it always is … but it’s usually something that draws out the ‘ughhhhhhhh’ and a long sigh before actually doing it.


It’s such a sucky word for parents because you know that it needs to be done for stuff like art and music, but it just burns you out. It burns me out. I’m sure some people would say no and not think twice about the kind of person I am. They don’t think less of me because I’m putting them through this catalog-ticket-chocolate-cookie purchasing venture, but I go through all kinds of scenarios where they despise me entirely, just hate it when they see me coming — The Fundraising Mom.

But they don’t … they could care less. I just have a big imagination that leads me to think such things.

But the thing is it’s not like I’m not used to rejection. I’m a writer. I get rejected all the time. But for some reason with fundraising, it’s just different. It makes me feel bad for asking. I just want to avoid it all together.

But it needs to be done and as it turns out I’ve been put on the Paint Night Out fundraising team for my daughter’s school and of course I was dreading the whole soliciting situation.

But then the chair person gave me the first item on the to-do list. Invitations. Seeing how this tapped into the creative side of my nature, I thought I’d have a little fun with it. Put a little Guat into it.


I figured if The Paint Guy doesn’t bring people in, then no one will.

My cover art with Bob Ross was unanimously approved by the board.

But I did such a good job, that now I’ve been put in charge of the food/restaurant donations for the event.

I’m gonna have to stop being so creative, it just keeps increasing my involuntary involvement. Deeper, and deeper. I’m just gonna have to start sucking at stuff.

I’ll keep you posted.



11 Responses to “Getting In Deeper and Deeper”

  1. Angela Maree Barnett February 11, 2016 at 12:54 AM #

    Ha. It’s never too late to get really sucky at something.

    • The Guat March 5, 2016 at 10:40 AM #

      Ha! So true! Sorry about the delay you were filtered into the spam which was weird, but glad I found you. And you’re right! I did such a good job they’re trying to hook me for something else … I need to not give %100 … It’s starting to backfire on me.

  2. bgddyjim February 11, 2016 at 2:48 AM #

    It is funny how that works, the better you do, the more they want to sign you up for!

    • The Guat February 16, 2016 at 12:41 AM #

      Duuuuuuuuuude I know right? Man I wish I could just half-ass stuff but it totally feels weird for me to do it that way. I should just sign up for clean up duty instead of getting volunteered.

  3. Dentler Erdmann February 11, 2016 at 6:21 AM #

    Well, I guesss fundraisers are necessary, but I always dreaded those I was in charge of. I’ve dealt with many, many chocolate bars from World’s Finest. I always got the impression that kids loved selling the chocolates, especially when prizes and recognition were involved. But I worked onthe high school level. On the elementary level, in which you are involved, parents have to be involved. Anyway, good luck!

    • The Guat February 16, 2016 at 12:53 AM #

      Ugh. World’s Finest! I remember those during basketball season, man my Dad probably bought dozens of those 🙂 And you’re right, parents are totally involved in this whole asking for money situation/donations situation, too much if you ask me. They’re lucky I care about both art and music. 🙂

  4. The Good Greatsby February 11, 2016 at 7:35 AM #

    That’s the danger in doing a good job–they’ll probably ask you to do another job.

    • The Guat February 16, 2016 at 12:45 AM #

      I know right?! I guess that’s why I should just strive for mediocre so I can slide by but I don’t know … can’t pass up on The Paint Guy, right?

  5. Jackie Cangro February 12, 2016 at 4:25 PM #

    You’re so creative! The invitations will be fantastic
    Now you just have to turn down the Guat on the food donations, or else you’ll be on every committee from now to the end of time. 🙂

    • The Guat February 16, 2016 at 12:49 AM #

      Duuuuude I’m so on that! Turning on down the dial a couple of notches and slowly coming up with reasons why certain restaurants are just not getting back to me. 🙂 Good to see you here Jackie 🙂 Got to make rounds I’ve been slow in catching up but looking forward to reading what you’ve got. Oh! Thought about you because I picked up the The Glass Caslte, so far so good.

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