A Short Lived Engagement

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This week and next week will be spent in the Jury Room at Pierce County Courthouse. It is my first experience as a Juror and though I didn’t know what to expect, I must say that I am enjoying it. However, I did not realize that part of my heart would be broken.

There is a whole lot of waiting and if you are assigned to a case, a ton of responsibility. Having sat here for a couple of days, I can say that there is much more to the judicial process than meets the eye. Pierce County hears over 170,000 cases per year. Wow! That is a lot of cases.

Everyone sits in a large room. On Monday, when we came in, there were over 220 people so they let 30 go home. Tuesday, most everyone was busy getting assigned to a particular court room to be interviewed, and then jury selection.

There are three steps of jury service which they claim to be easy to remember. They are right. You are either “single” (waiting to be assigned to a case), “engaged” (assigned to a court case), or “married” (seated on a jury panel to deliberate on an actual case.

So basically, you’ve got a room full of a whole lot of single people, waiting to get engaged, some hoping to get married, others hoping they don’t…each having no idea whether or not you will get engaged, who you are going to get engaged to, or whether or not you will get married.

As for myself. I got engaged on the first day, but got dumped on the second. Will I get engaged again? Probably. Will I get dumped again? Probably…but maybe not. I might go ahead and get married. But I’m not involved in the decision.

I must admit, I have been a bit surprised by the sense of rejection when I got dumped. They assure us to not take it personally…but how can you not. I have never broken off an engagement before, let alone had someone break it off with me…I’ve just never had my heart broken in that way.