So tonight was the dance concert, and it was absolutely wonderful. The way those girls can take music and interpret it into their movements is positively astounding to me.
As always, I clapped and screamed and whooped like a maniac, and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.
When the time came for their final bows, I enthusiastically stood up to give them a well-deserved standing ovation, because it's my personal belief that when somebody has honestly worked countless hours in order to produce a beautiful work of art, that person deserves a standing ovation- a way to let them know how much I appreciated them, if you will. So I stood, and clapped, and shouted, and smiled my face off- it really WAS remarkable, you guys. Breathtaking.
The lights came up and we all stood up to begin our exit. Still grinning, I turned around to take it all in, facing the rear of the theatre, when I met eyes with an older lady in a blue shirt. She looked at me, and spat,
"You are stupid."
I was quite taken aback at these words: what had I done wrong? Was I too loud? My smile melted away and I began to fight back tears. I had just offended somebody I didn't even know, and they thought I was stupid. The good thing is, I have wonderful, wonderful friends who stuck up for me and comforted me, even as I lost it and cried in earnest. Ryan even went up and told the lady off- in a very mature, graceful way. (Dude, you are a superhero.)
So now I would like to take the liberty to compose a letter to her.
Dear Crotchety Old Woman:
Tonight was the dance concert, as you are well aware, and I am the girl whom you called stupid. Excuse me? When you are at a concert, it is perfectly fine, acceptable, and ENCOURAGED to give performers a standing ovation. But, seeing as how that somehow offended you, you decided the best course of action would be to resort to name calling.
First off, may I just let you know how thorougly JUVENILE that was of you? Didn't your mother ever tell you that if you have nothing nice to say, don't say it at all? What is your excuse? Just because you are my elder, that in no way gives you a right to belittle me and try to make me feel bad about myself- because it worked. Thanks to you, my evening was soiled and I felt worthless. Instead of enjoying myself, I have spent the rest of the evening hurting and wishing I had not looked your way.
Secondly, there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to support my fellow classmates. They deserved a full standing ovation, and instead they got two girls who wanted to show their support. Just because we actually cared, that doesn't mean you have to be a jerk about it. They were taking their final bows, for Pete's sake! There was nothing to see!
Third, I refuse to apologize. I will not bow down to your level and feel bad for supporting my girls. Okay? And I think behavior like that does not merit apology. I don't CARE if I am younger than you. Why do you think that makes you superior? Why do you think you can make that judgement when you don't even KNOW me?
I'm sure your pissy attitude has gotten you REALLY far in life.