We have been invited to a fundraiser called a Suitcase Party. Apparently they host them in big cities all over America. The gist is you buy expensive tickets to get into this party. (We got a deal on our tickets.) Most of the money goes to charity but part of it goes to this fantastic prize that is raffled off during the night.
The prize here is a weekend getaway to Sonoma Valley, Calif. It’s called a Suitcase Party because you are supposed to bring your suitcase and be ready to leave right then just in case your number is chosen.
A private jet whisks you off to the wine country for a weekend of fun and brings you home on Sunday.
And while that sounds amazing to be whisked away, as a parent it’s extremely stressful.
It’s not just a matter of packing a suitcase for a parent. You’ve got to have a sitter set up who may or may not be keeping your kids for a weekend. You have to the refrigerator stocked and activities planned to entertain the kids in the event you are whisked away.
You have to leave the insurance card and a letter saying she can seek medical attention for them. The sitter has to know about any medicines and the kids’ schedule. You have to clean up a bedroom to be a guest room just in case the sitter is staying over.
If you don’t have kids you just pack a suitcase and go.
And don’t forget the tax implications. I’m also worried about how much tax we would owe on a $20,000 grand prize.
I am such a killjoy. Poor Michael! No spontaneity at all! But can you really be spontaneous as a parent?
Wish us luck – I guess.
Would you be willing to set all that up for just the possibility of a free, fantastic weekend getaway? Could you really call the sitter and say, “OK we won. We aren’t coming back until Sunday!” Would you warn the kids?
Would you turn down the prize if you won and just enjoy the party and not bring the suitcase?