There I was, lucky enough to be at the glorious Met, in the third row. My generous daughter had splurged on a ticket for me. She and her husband were also going, but they were sitting in cheaper seats in the back.
First, I demurred politely and insincerely. “You shouldn’t have.” Then I accepted happily.
That was a mistake.
A nearly blind person should never sit in the third row in almost total darkness, surrounded by laughing, engaged, enthusiastic neighbors, all of whom can see. Lots of small kids and their parents happily sat up front all around me, transfixed, beautifully behaved. I was the only malcontent.
I’d reread the text on my reading machine. I love the play! It is indeed, magical. My favorite characters, of course, are the mechanicals. I’m a sucker for clowns. But the whole comedy is romp, on the page and onstage – when visible.
I heard beautifully and, if I had been listening at home that would have sufficed. But the lighting was such and my seat was such that I saw only darkness. The frustration of having everyone around me watching the “mechanicals” while I listened but saw nothing was overwhelming. I was the most disappointed kid there.
It made me more jealous and resentful than I think I’ve ever been. How come…? Who knows? It’s my fault, not Shakespeare’s, nor Britten’s, nor the Met’s. It was certainly not my generous daughter’s fault. I just didn’t want to be blind at this performance!
Okay, I know, I know.
Pun intended. Shakespeare would have liked it!
So my husband and I work full time, have kids we need to spend time with and are really busy . So what do you want us to say ? Our experience has been very negative – the older parents seem to have no appreciation of the fact we are in jobs , have kids sports activities etc. most calls are related to things like ” the tv won’t go on ” or I can’t print “. …. My husband speaks with them daily and we have dinner about once a week ……Sorry not feeling the fuzzy rainbow of love here …. We just can’t be their handmaidens …. Which seems to be the expectation . This blog is kind of skewed
I think .