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when I was in middle school I never realized how uncomfortable the orange seats in the auditorium were-they have no padding at all and within the first five minutes you begin to squirm to try to find a comfortable position but there aren't any comfortable ways to sit-the seats are so close together that if you try to cross your legs, your knees whack the seat ahead of you-the backs of the seats hit directly beneath your shoulder blades-and they don't have armrests either-but I didn't realize these things when I was in middle school because I rarely sat in the seats-I was always on stage doing something-but last night I felt the hardness of the seats and could suddenly empathize with the supportive parents who came to middle school chorus concerts and drama programs to support their children-