This weekend is the Southeast Homeschool Convention, and all week I’ve been gearing up to learn a lot of good things. We were unable to attend the workshops on Thursday, so we arrived early Friday morning with a schedule in hand and a plan for the day. One of the biggest features of the day were two hour-long concerts by comedian Tim Hawkins. We had seen him on YouTube and really enjoyed his songs, so we purchased tickets for the early show months ago. The kids were excited, and so was I.
The concert started at 5:30, and seating was by first come first served. We decided we needed to arrive early to get some good seats. We were at the concert hall by 4:00, and the line was already wrapping around from the front door part-way down the hall. There were about 100 people in front of us. But within the half-hour, there were about 200 more behind us. And by the 5:00, we couldn’t even see the end of the line. We’ll have seats fairly close to the front, I decided. I was glad we arrived early.
The organizers then broke the line up by allowing us to stand in front of the four doorways. That’s when the line turned into four smaller mobs with a bigger group still pressing in behind. We ended up near the door at the front, which made our 1 1/2 hour wait worth it…or so we thought.
The doors finally opened….and as they did, the Golden Rule went out the window, as did a number of Christian virtues we homeschoolers pride ourselves on teaching to our children.
It became a dog-eat-dog world in there — get what you can for you and your own, and too bad for the rest. People ran in from all sides to the seats at the front, saving entire rows for their families and friends. We had a big group of 9, but we were all together — we all waited together, stood together, and entered the hall together. But by the time we stepped foot in the hall, which was less than a minute after the doors opened, nearly the whole front section was already “reserved.” People had spread their stuff over every seat they could, looking at me (grasping tightly to two children) saying “Not here, taken, taken.” When I finally did find a few free seats, and was almost sitting down, a lady came in from behind and threw her purse on one of them. By this time I was pretty angry, so we sat down anyway.
Our group ended up splitting up and sitting in two different areas, one much further back than the other. My teenage son was even knocked down by a grown man in the process.
Needless to say, it was tough to enjoy the show. Tim Hawkins made some comments about being a Christian, and everyone in front of me cheered. And it made me even angrier.
What happened to kindness? To a Christ-like attitude? In any other concert venue where seating isn’t assigned, if you’re waiting further back in the line, you’d expect to be seated further back in the hall. So why not at a homeschool concert? We want our children to always consider “What Would Jesus Do?”. I’m thinking he wouldn’t have behaved like that.
Don’t tell me about your Christian values — show me. Or, better yet, show the children.