I don't know why she did what she did, I don't particularly care and simply won't guess, but it didn't bother me because, really, who cares? Well, the answer the the question 'who cares?' was, 'a lot of people.
We entered the movie theatre through the back passage way and so came at the seats from the front. The disabled space in front of me was empty so Joe and I headed there. On the same row sat a woman, who I noticed because she was directly in my view when I was handing Joe my hat, my over my jacket scarf, my around my neck scarf, my mitts, my coat, my thick shirt I wear over my every day shirt. As the pile on the seat next to Joe got bigger with his stuff and my stuff, I noticed her.
She was sitting with her hands up beside her face and her fingers in her ears. Quietly sitting, watching the pre-show, with her fingers in her ears.
As I said I didn't pay any attention to the way she sat, different things make different people comfortable.
But for some reason the way she sat disturbed a number of people. I notice people in front of her turning, several times, to look back at her, stare at her with a kind of questioning disapproval. Three people in the row behind her mimicked her and were taken in a fit of giggles, I turned to them, not being a fan of noise in theatres, even during the pre-show, and saw what they were doing. My face turned to stone and my eyes to lava, they caught the look and stopped.
She sat like that throughout the movie. I know this because the couple up front turned and looked at her throughout the movie. Personally, I thought the movie more interesting and, other than when their movement distracted me, never thought about how she was sitting.
After the movie was over, we slipped out right at the start of the credit because we've over 60 and we needed to 'make water' ... it's a given.
Now, as I'm writing this, I have to say I don't understand why anyone would care how another person sits in a movie theatre. I don't know why it would draw so much attention. I don't know how it matters. I also can't imagine having a life so devoid of diversity that 'fingers in ears' sitting is cause for so much interest.
Help me out here ...