Saturday, 2 July 2011
The pleasure of giving?
I don't understand meanness. One of the great pleasures in life is giving. I think those of us who have children all recognise that moment when a child realises that the giving of Christmas presents is (almost!) as much fun as receiving them.
Some of the most generous people I have known have been the poorest. My mother was a case in point; she would - quite literally - give a friend the coat off her back if they happened to like it, and she never had any money. My sister is the same. Handicapped, and living in sheltered accomodation, she has never had her own house, and if she had two brass farthings, she would give them away even before she had time to rub them together.
Thus I was interested to read that the Blairs, who are apparently worth £60m, have charged their son's classmates £10 each towards the coach fare to convey them to an end-of-term party they are holding at their country pile (see above photo). Cars are not allowed, for security reasons.