I get this mum’s feelings, I really do. But it’s often the older kids who work really hard (when they have a lot of pressure to perform well in their academic, sporting, and artistic work too) who miss out as the exodus begins. I think it’s kind of like taking one for the team, and supporting the school and other students. One day that will be your kid/s up there who see half the hall empty before they get the chance to have their moment. But I’ve been like you – there have been times when the concerts and presentations seem to go on forever. I’m grateful for good schools and teachers who keep things running along quickly so everyone gets home at a decent time, especially when there is often school the next day! And – of course there are exceptions. Sometimes people have to work and can’t get time off, or there are other commitments, kids unwell etc, and that’s a different situation.
Published 23rd February 2020