Saturday, December 22, 2007

Best Seats in the House

I just don't get it (but have been thinking about it for years)...

People will pay top dollar for front row seats at a Bruce Springsteen concert. They will sell their soul for a view of the Redskins game from the 50-yard line. They will camp out from January to March to merely get into the Duke-Carolina basketball game.

So why, when we arrived, albeit a bit late for our tastes (9:55 am), for 10 am Mass, was our normal front row pew still open?

I'd like to think that it's because people know that the Ballas want to sit there, since that's where we head each week. Unfortunately, I'm sure that had nothing to do with it--especially since we usually attend 8:30 am Mass (where we do battle with a couple affectionately known as "the Man and his wife"; a blog in itself). No one else wants it. Why?

While I was not always a "front sitter," we, as a family, began our trek to the front when the kids were little. We thought there would be fewer distractions for them if they didn't have 500 people in front of them. What did we find? We were actually all less distracted. We could focus on the Mass and less on the congregation. Added bonus, the kids were also more able to focus and were, of course, less disruptive as well.

I guess I should be happy to think that our favorite seat is always open, but here again, another dichotomy. You see, school holds its annual Christmas concert and pageant in the church. By the time we arrived at 6:30 for a 7 pm concert, the front seats were taken and the first 20 rows, too. People had gotten there early, some of them almost an hour. Point well taken?

We'll pay top dollar for Bruce seats and have waited a long time to get into a Duke game. Spiritually, though, the front pew is the best seat in God's house and we'll continue to enjoy keeping it warm on Sunday morning. (The Man needs to get up a little earlier if he wants to beat us to it!)



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