I’m not surprised Lauren Boebert doesn’t know how to behave in a theater. I don’t suppose she’s attended many theatrical performances in her life.
Congresswoman Boebert is what we used to call underprivileged.
Her mother was 18, when she was born. Her father was a professional wrestler, who did everything he could to avoid paying child support.
As a result, Lauren spent much of her childhood living on public assistance, which doesn’t quite pay enough for families to live on.
Her mother, probably, couldn’t afford movie tickets let alone tickets to the theater. She would have been too busy struggling to survive, and provide for her daughter, to be able to provide small luxuries, or to teach her daughter proper behavior.
Lauren’s mom didn’t have much education. She could only get low paying jobs, which meant not a lot of money for things like food, clothes, electricity, rent.
Lauren, probably spent part of her life as latchkey kid, coming home to an empty apartment, while her mom was out putting food on the table.
Her school could have stepped in, and provided her with a stable environment. Her schools could have taught her how to behave in public.
They didn’t. They didn’t have the funding, and anyway, schools don’t put a lot of effort into teaching poor kids.
No surprise Lauren quit to work full time at McDonalds. She would say she needed the money more than she needed a high school diploma. That was a really stupid decision. But it was the kind of mistake a seventeen year old girl, struggling to get by, would make.
It’s probable that she was passed along from grade to grade, even though she hadn’t learned what she needed to learn. Which would explain why she had so much trouble with her GED. Schools do that, especially with girls.
My parents spent a fair amount of time arguing with teachers who said, “Oh well, she’ll get married.”
My parents had enough time, money and determination to make sure I had a good education. While I was getting it, they explained to me that I needed a good education, if I was going to get on in the world.
Lauren Boebert didn’t get that message. I suspect the message she got was, “You don’t need to know that, to work in McDonald’s.” Which, of course she did. But then she ran for Congress and got elected.
Which is why I am writing this, with a message Congresswoman Boebert would probably find objectionable.
We should do a better job of funding our nation’s schools, so that all children, not just a fortunate few, will get a good education.
We should make sure every child in this country has enough to eat and a safe place to live.
We need to make sure there are no more Lauren Boeberts.
No one in their right mind would take a seven year old child to see “The Merry Widow”, a light opera.
Happily for me, my mother was insane. When I was 7, she took me to see “The Merry Widow” at the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. One of the things I remember about the performance was that I thought the beginning of the second act was dull. I was not interested in “Leila The Witch Of The Wood”.
But I sat still and was quiet. Because that was what you did, if you were a big girl and got to go to the Civic Light Opera with your mother.
(My patience was rewarded. After the dull songs, two funny men came out and had a quarrel that ended with “Schultz! Call me a cab!” “Right sir, you’re a cab”)
Lauren Boebert wasn’t as lucky as I was. She didn’t know what big girls are supposed to do in the theater.
It’s one of the many things she doesn’t know.
If she wasn’t in Congress, I’d feel very sorry for her.