The day before we bought tickets for "Cats" Joe and I had a discussion. Well, that's maybe not quite true. Let me start again. The day before we bought tickets for "Cats" I made an announcement, to Joe, about my decision,. He began to argue, I said, "Give up, I've made this decision and it's mine to make." Let me assure you that this doesn't happen often in our relationship. It happens in fact rarely. And I am not the only one to, occasionally make a unilateral decision.
Here's the decision I made:
We have been to the Panasonic Theatre before and while they have wheelchair seating, it's not really the best. It's right at the very, very, very back of the theatre. It's tucked off to the side and is immediately inside the door from the lobby. This seat is OK for me because I'm tall and I sit in a tall chair. When we last went there, Joe sat on a fold out chair beside me, not great.
Ruby will be going with us to see the play, she loves music and she's growing to love seeing things live. Sadie is still a little young yet but she too is showing a growing interest in the performing arts. I decided, unilaterally, that I would sit in the wheelchair spot and that Joe and Ruby would sit up front, close as they could get. After all, none of us talk while the lights go down and the show is on - there is an intermission and we can see each other and chat then - putting Ruby in the last row, far from the stage, is going to reduce her ability to both see the show and get involved in the show. The decision, for me, was simple.
Joe acquiesced and silenced his concerns, for two reasons: first, he saw my point, second, he knew my mind was made up. We chatted about it a few times and, as Joe has been there too, he felt that the decision was a good one. I know that we're going to have fun, and I'm going to work at it such that Ruby's stories about the play will be about what happened on the stage, not where we sat in the theatre.
So, and I think I may be in for challenges to my decision - what do you think about the decision for us to sit in different places in the theatre? I imagine there might be some disagreement.