I know. The title sounds silly but when you read on, you may understand.
Tickets for The Little Mermaid on Broadway went on sale, if I remember correctly, on June 10th of 2007. The show wasn't to actually open until November 2007. Anyway...even before tickets went on sale, I'd been asking my mom to buy tickets. The Little Mermaid was my favorite movie as a kid, my late grandfather loved the music, and I thought it would be fun to go with the family (which consists of 2 kids, ages 5 and 8 who happen to love theater already).
My mom kept putting it off saying it was too expensive to buy tickets for the whole family or that she's ask everyone when they were around. Needless to say, she never ordered tickets. She did, however, bring it up to Jeff, her boyfriend, a few times who also decided not to order it. I never let the subject die though and frequently reminded my mom that we need to order tickets. We were both anxcious to see the show.
The 2 kids mentioned above, Kate and Jack, are Jeff's grandchilren. I've written about them many times here on Gather and have posted photos of our family fun together as well.
Kate and Jack will be staying with my mom and Jeff in the city for a week towards the end of June because thier parents will be in London on vacation.
I get a message from my mom yesterday morning while I was at the gym saying that they will be ordering tickets for The Little Mermaid for the Wednesday matinee show that the kids will be in town for and asked if I would like to join. I was furious. I'd been begging her to order tickets for months and now she's ordering tickets for during the day in the middle of the week when I need to work. Since I just took off this past Friday, I don't really feel comfortable coming back to work and asking for another day off so soon but if I want the day off, then I need to ask immediately because it's quickly approaching. Needless to say, I won't be asking for the day off.
I couldn't believe when she called and said they'd be going that day. I was angry and felt very left out and a little bit betrayed by my mom who had been saying all along that we'd see it together. On top of all of that, they may not be able to get tickets through Ticketmaster or the Box Office because they may be sold out so they might be going to a ticket broker for the tickets which means they'll probably end up paying just as much as if they waited until the whole family could see it together at regular price. Sure, we'd have to wait a couple months to see it all together but wouldn't it be better for everyone to be together and pay the same amount of money then only have 4 family members go for that ridiculous price? So it was too expensive before but all of a sudden it's affordable to spend over $250 a ticket through a broker???? (Tickets in orchestra seating which is where we always sit retail at $120.)
My mom is using the argument that she isn't the one paying for the tickets, that she can't tell Jeff what to do with his money, which is 100% true and accurate HOWEVER she could open her mouth and say something to him about buying tickets for a time when everybody who wants to go can go (especially since I'm the one who's been begging for these tickets for a year).
To make a long story short, I called up my grandmother to vent and she said she'd see the show with me. I purchased tickets on her credit card to go on her birthday, September 21. I figured it would be a nice day. We could have lunch and then see The Little Mermaid and I'll drive her home afterwards.
So although I'll get to see the show, I'm sad that I won't get to see it with my mom and Kate and Jack and I still feel left out and betrayed by my mom.