I'm breaking bloggy silence, despite my vow to not return until I've completed a chapter.*
Why? Because a bunch of other people spoke up. And that compels me to speak up too. To offer them this special beverage:
"Huh?" you may be wondering. Why would FF say such a rude thing? Because she's been pushed to the limit, that's why. Because she attended a school play, The Hobbit, in which Amazing Boy Child was brilliantly playing his violin as part of the outstanding orchestra, and the people behind her were talking. Talking during the overture, talking during the actors' performances, talking, talking, talking, saying nothing of merit.
Despite multiple applications of the usually-successful tactic of turn-around-and-administer-the-stinkeye to said talkers, they continued their heinous behavior.
They weren't alone. There were large pockets of talking people scattered throughout the audience.
I overheard one young woman exclaim to her friend "This is the third time I've seen the play."
So at intermission, I went up to her with a friendly smile. "Did I hear this was the third time you've seen this?"
"Oh, yes!" she admitted.
"Wow!" I replied. "This is the first time I've seen it, and I'd really like to hear it. Do you think you can help me with that?" Then I walked away. I was very proud of my cleverness.
Amazing Boy Child came over to me. "Oh, I see you were talking to -------- - she's one of the people I'm inviting to my birthday party."
Oops. Maybe I can offer her some cake to go with her special beverage.
So take this as a warning, readers. If you don't want to put some mother in an awkward position, kindly remain quiet while actors and musicians are doin' their thang.
*In case you're wondering why on earth I haven't finished my writing goal, it's because I've been planning the great summer road trip, volunteering for the kids' classes and end of school year activities. But I'm committed to wrapping up a chapter before we leave on the trip so that I can share our fun. So you'll get play-by-play coverage of that adventure, as we journey over 7,300 miles.