Friday, July 6, 2018

Your Civic Duty

In high school we had a government class taught by a fun guy who loved the United States! He was very animated and literally jumped around the room while explaining things to us. He took his classes on a field trip to the inauguration every four years. He drilled current events into us and very obviously loved everything about his chosen subject matter.

I was not a great social studies student. History never stuck with me. I couldn't remember dates and which people went with which era in history. I wasn't good at memorizing states and countries and their capitals. I often struggled with which remembering governmental hierarchies. I had a very broad, general idea about how things worked, and that was it.

I started voting when I turned 18 because that's what you were supposed to do. At the time, I only voted in presidential elections, but I have since tried to vote in all local and state elections as well. I've done some research and prayed about my decisions. I've tried to take a more active role in selecting our country's governance. (But I still don't like "talking politics")

One part of government I've actually wanted to participate in is jury duty. I know most people seem to dread serving for jury duty, but I've always thought it would be kinda fun. Is it because I'm a nosy person? Is it because I like watching court dramas on TV? Is it because I'm just weird? Who knows!? I just think it would be fun to sit on a jury.

Now I should clarify, I don't want to hear the grisly details in a murder trial. I don't think I'd be able to sleep after that. Actually, any sort of violent crime would be too much for me. And I wouldn't want some convict coming after my family for putting him away. Does that happen in real life or just my books?

Maybe a lower profile case would be boring. Maybe that's why most people dread being called for jury duty. That mostly makes sense. I may end up bored too, but I still think I'd like to try it.

I almost went to court once. Ken and the kids and I were on our way somewhere in two separate vehicles when we witnessed a vehicle accident. The guy behind me sped around me, through a red light at an intersection, across a few yards, and hit another vehicle before driving off. I called 911 and talked to dispatch. We were on our way somewhere important, but dispatch said I could leave, so I went with the kids and Ken stayed behind to help sort things out.

He and I both eventually got called as witnesses by the prosecution and defense. I was nervous talking to them, especially because of the time between the incident and when they finally called me. I went through all the steps at work to have time off to go to court. I wrote down my statement so I could remember things better. The case got continued twice and then I think think the guy made a plea deal, because they never ended up calling us to testify. That's as close to court as I've ever gotten, but I was ready to do my civic duty!

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week 11 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts. Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:
 Baking In A Tornado
The Lieber Family Blog
The Bergham Chronicles
The Blogging 911
Cognitive Script
Never Ever Give Up Hope
My Brand of Crazy
Part-Time Working Hockey Mom
Southern Belle Charm
Paradoxical Suds

My subject is "You’ve been called to jury duty, how do you feel about it? Why?" It was submitted by:

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