Remember those old picture puzzles in “Highlights” magazine where you had to find things that were hidden in a picture. No, you say? Well click here to remind yourself. They always had them in my doctor’s office and I would concentrate on the picture puzzle to try and forget where I was. I hated going to the doctor. I was never a big fan of shots and once it took 4 nurses to hold me down to give me a shot but that’s a whole different post.
Anyway, that’s how I felt last night at my son’s Christmas Band Concert. As I looked around the room, there were so many things that to me were just wrong. Don’t get ME wrong, the Concert was outstanding and I hope to put a short clip on my son’s blog later today but some things just seemed inappropriate.
First off, we got there a half hour early just to get a good seat. (like that is possible in a gymnasium) After we were seated, two women showed up with numerous children and the entire group proceeded to cough and hack like they were one step away from death. Ok I understand that perhaps they really wanted to see their child perform so much that they risked spreading their fungi to the entire population of Charleston but that wasn’t the case. I know this because they didn’t watch the concert. The two women talked the entire time and not only that, one was texting while talking and the other was braiding a child’s hair while talking. I didn’t’ see them look up one time to watch the concert. One of the younger children broke the seat behind them and made a loud noise and her mother glared at me like I did it. So I guess they only came to be seen.
There were 4 different bands performing last night and I really wanted to see and hear them all. Of course I had a hard time hearing them with the ladies talking but at least I could see them…..NOT. All during the concert, people (adults) kept standing up and taking smoke breaks and going to the bathroom. I mean for heaven’s sake, I have the world’s smallest bladder but I can hold it for 45 minutes. These people sat quietly while their little Johnny or Judy was playing but had no problem getting up while the other bands played. Some people just don’t get it. It was hard to concentrate too because one lady just let her son run back and forth through the entire concert just to keep him quiet.
Ok now here is the part that seemed odd to me and I am not sure how you all feel about this but I want to get our opinion. Right next to us was a family from India. It was obvious by the way the looked and dressed. I am not stereotyping here but not many Americans wear Saris. They had a little girl in the band and I think that is great. However the part that got to me was when they started the concert out by saying the Pledge of Allegiance. These people didn’t say it or even put their hand over their heart. So I thought it was odd that we would have a family who comes all the way here from India to be a part of this great country and then either doesn’t know or just won’t say the Pledge. Am I the only one who thinks this is odd?
Now I am not complaining here although I am starting to get a sore throat and if it turns into a full blown nasty cold you can expect to hear me complain. That’s just what I need…..to be sick for Christmas.
Anyhoo, have a great weekend. Tomorrow is the last day of the Arelston-cha, Armers-fa, Arket-ma. Let’s see if the director gets a message from me printing that. (She gets a message whenever someone writes those three words in one sentence.) But, if you do get it, have a Merry Christmas Sarah. See you tomorrow.