At this end of the year, like many others, we are doing the rounds of school awards nights, presentation evenings and dance concerts.
One thing I have noticed that is worse than ever this year is the rudeness of others. At nearly all events we have attended, there have been people talking in front of us, behind us, beside us. And these aren’t always kids, in fact, more often than not, it’s adults.
Now, my family will tell you that I have no qualms in telling people around me who are talking when they shouldn’t, to be quiet. I try to say it politely, of course, but it is hard tell people nicely to shut their traps, show some respect and give consideration to those on the stage.
What is wrong with people? Is everyone really so self involved and self focused that they can’t join the dots between them wanting to see their child, and everyone else wanting to see their own? How can grown adults not get that their behaviour directly impacts on everyone else’s ability to see their own child up on stage? And you know what, those people are the first to complain if anyone interferes with their line of sight or ability to hear their child’s name called.
Call me old fashioned, call me intolerant but it’s just plain rude.
And while I’m on the bandwagon of rude people, tell me why an oldish woman feels the need to stop me on my walk with my children at 6 o’clock at night to tell me that my child should be wearing a hat and is severely sunburnt? I wanted to thank her for making my child feel even more self conscious of the way her beautiful alabaster skin turns bright red at the slightest bit of exercise but I restrained myself…just.
Honestly, where have common respect and consideration for our fellow man gone?