- “Who did you see there?” the answer is always NOBODY.
- “What did you have to eat?” NOTHING
- “Who did you gossip about while whispering and laughing?” WE WEREN’T LAUGHING.
- “Did you see Mr X, did he look cute?” STOP IT, MOM.
See, it works better when you are actually there.Another reason is to show up is because they might get conked on the head, or fall of the stage, or break an ankle or something, and another "adult" will decide whether or not to call the ambulance. Please obey the ‘no moms on the field' rule, which is actually 'MOM, don’t even think about moving if I go down' rule. Only if they start calling for a doctor can you twitch your eye. Should your kid go down, even if it’s only for a minute, the whole body of parents starts craning their necks to see where you are. I am usually doing a crossword puzzle, and don’t know there’s a problem until it’s resolved. But I was there, dammit.If it’s something like a 4 hour awards ceremony, at which your child is not getting an award, the benefit is obvious. You can commiserate about how boring it was. “Was it just me, or did Ethel Haystack’s name get called 86% of the time?” And you can bet Ethel’s parents aren't even there.Also, you can notice who has a new tattoo. . .or piercing, or who has braces ON or braces OFF, or a new purple streak in their hair, or whose mom has been visiting Dr. Chester Emplante and Nurse Beaux Toxicicity.The coach doesn't know what parents are there and who's not there, so there's no brownie points to be gained or lost. These moms must be looking for someone who's 'on the way" because they're looking at the parking lot. I told you to expect some boredom.Repeat after me: "If you are there, people are less likely to talk about you." Of course, this mom showed up at her daughter's ENGAGEMENT party, so everyone was talking about them anyway.They could be planning a trip or something. Or their child's future. You must be there to take pictures. Especially these stalker type pictures.