In the comments of the last post, Tanita suggested, "Why not write complaints for a couple of weeks? You certainly don't have to be all sweetness and light." I don't plan to alienate potential customers or lay out my struggles with politics and religion, but I think I can muster some proper kvetching. Thanks, Tanita! Here goes:
1. At the top of the list is my frustration and dismay at the staggering levels of cruelty humans perpetuate upon each other. We are capable of so much kindness and compassion. It is inevitable that we are going to disagree on beliefs and issues, but why do people have to insult, degrade and damn each other? What earthly or spiritual gain does it bring?
2. Here is what I say: "Please provide a comfortable space for the children where battery-powered toys and media devices will not distract attention from the performance." That's not a joke. If battery-powered toys and media devices with tempting buttons cannot be removed or hidden for 30 minutes, my musical storytelling program may not be the best choice of entertainment for the venue.
3. Regarding The Mommy Wars: Cut it out. Every family has to do what works best for that family. See #1.
4. I had friends assure me that my pregnancy weight would come off from nursing my baby. I should have realized that these were friends who had never had weight issues to begin with. Every extra pound I have ever lost has come through sheer sweat and denial. To every person who has ever given me a hard time about my weight or indicated that I was only lovable when I was slender: You were no help at all. To every person who has been supportive over the years: Thank you.
There! That's just for starters.