Perhaps you have had this experience. If not, please try to imagine. You go to a talent show--skating show, theater competition, dance thing, whatever--to see your child perform. At the beginning there's a huge audience. But then, as the kids perform, the audience gets smaller and smaller. Some parents are leaving after their own child performs.
At one event I attended, the air conditioning wasn't working well. This was in the middle of a very hot summer in Dallas. People were leaving in droves, so that the kids in the last act had to perform to a handful of adults. This was an extreme case, but at any talent show, some people stay to the end and some leave as soon as their own delightful child is done. The audience at the end is always smaller than it was at the beginning.
Do you have to stay after your kid performs? If so, why? The poll is below. You can take it over there in the sidebar to the right.
Is it OK for you to leave right after your child performs at a talent show? How would you think about the issue? (Assume there are no extra factors, like another child who needs to be picked up or a sudden migraine, etc.)
- I would stay if I felt like it, leave if I felt like it.
- I would think I owed it to the parents who watched my child perform to stay and watch their child perform.
- I would not want to hurt the feelings of the later children, so I would stay.
- I would contemplate what it would be like if everyone left after their own child's performance, and stay.
- I would ask myself how I would want people to treat me if I happened to have a child late in the show.
- I would stay or go depending on which would maximize total happiness of all concerned.
- I would have a combination of [two or more of] the thoughts above. [Clarification!]
Naturally, I do have a hypothesis about what the poll will reveal, and what that "means." But let's see what happens. Stay tuned!