Sunday, April 27, 2008


Last night we went to a charity auction. We don't know the lady, but she's 40 years old and recently had a stroke. Now she is paralysed. The auction was to raise money for their family to have their house modified to accommodate her wheelchair.

It was a very nice evening; live entertainment, a huge selection of decadent desserts and lovely auction items. We went with a dollar amount in mind that we were going to donate, knowing we didn't need anything. As usual there was a lot of hype around the auction, and soon I got in the spirit. There were tons of things to bid on, but I didn't want to bring anything home. I have more than enough stuff.

However there was one little something that grabbed our attention and it wouldn't require us to bring home anything. It was condo accommodations for a week in Hawaii. We whispered back and forth about it being a little too quick to plan for our anniversary, would we take the kids, how much would we be willing to pay, how much were airline tickets, etc... We finally decided we'd be willing to pay $500 for this.

When the auction began, we knew we were way out of our league and our original donation plan was looking more and more practical. Gordon wrote out our donation check and Hannah delivered it to the wishing well. Meanwhile we all sat watching the deep dish apple pies sell for $400 and Saskatoon pie go for $375. It was fascinating. We were thinking the condo for a week was going to be astronomically out of our reach.

However when it rolled around the auctioneer started the bidding at $500 and no one bid. So I started it at $200. From there it kind of took off as did my brain. When the bidding exceeded $500, Gordon started gently nodding no to me. That was all the confirmation I needed to know it was pre-ordained that I should keep bidding. But still the bids were climbing slowly. I looked to Gordon for direction and he nodded no. Being "one" with this man, I knew what I had to do. I shot my hand up at $700.

Gordon lost presence of mind at that moment. He yelled out, "Raaaa-CHAEL." That didn't mean anything to me. Rachael started asking, "why are you yelling at me?, why are you yelling at me?" I watched the auctioneer to be ready for my next move. Gordon grabbed me. Our table broke out in pandemonium. Deborah was yelling, "Are we going to Hawaii, are we going?" Hannah was yelling, "Mama it's just 25 more dollars. Raise your hand, raise your hand." Deborah raised her hand at $750. Gordon kept yelling, "no, no". Rachael still didn't have her answer so she kept asking "why did Dad yell my name?"

Somehow I returned to planet earth and realized my husband was near stroke condition. I didn't want the next benefit auction to be for us. As I was thinking that, I heard the auctioneer yell, "SOLD!" I sat stiff and then humbly whispered, "I didn't get it did I?"

Thankfully I didn't get it. But I got some sort of sick adrenaline rush, as did we all. We started laughing so hard. My face felt nearly aflame. I looked at my darling family and everyone looked nearly aflame.

Gordon is a smart man. He knew he couldn't risk me sending my brain on vacation again through this auction. "Let's go," he ordered. We all followed.

As we were walking to the car, Rachael again asked Gordon why he yelled at her. He said her name was the first word that came to mind when I bid $700, so he yelled it out.

We laughed like lunatics all the way home. (Except Deborah. She was seriously miffed that I was so close and stopped bidding.) She doesn't understand the nuances of marriage like I do.

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Blogger Steph said...

I could visualize this perfectly and I started laughing...the deep belly laugh. It's hilarious!!!! Poor Rachael......Sorry you didn't get your trip to Hawaii. That would have been a blast.

April 27, 2008 at 2:03 PM  
Anonymous *mindi* said...

this is so funny. poor rachael, i totally understand. when i get really upset or nervous about something, Juju is the first word that comes to my mind too!

hope there are no benefit dinners in yours and gordon's future ;)

April 27, 2008 at 8:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I laughed out loud and even done the "through the nose" laughter - but I DO feel your PAIN - THE ONENESS we share w/our spouse is so familiar - just recently we were at a casino and i thought my spouse was encouraging me to continue play ......
ps sory you did not get the Hawaii condo

April 27, 2008 at 9:19 PM  
Anonymous *mindi* said...

hey, did you know John Piper has a blog?

i thought of you when i found this today. you probably already know about it, but just in case. :)

April 30, 2008 at 1:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mindi, yes I know about Piper's blog. It's actually Gordon's homepage and he (Gordon) just sent me a video yesterday, which I just put on my blog. val

April 30, 2008 at 8:07 PM  

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