Like me, you may have mixed emotions about being called up for jury duty. It may not be the happiest way to spend your day, but you can’t deny it is a privilege to be part of the justice system. Yet, as I was packed in a room with a thousand other people who seemed to not really want to be there, I started to pay extra close attention to the information video describing exemptions from service.
Are you under 18 years of age?
Shoot. Definitely not me. In fact, my boys are laughing so hard after reading that, it’s best to move on.
Are you not a citizen of the United States?
Born and raised. Next, please.
Do you live outside of county lines?
Darn it. Smack dab in the middle.
Do you have kids 12 and under that require your supervision?
Please don’t bring attention to the fact that I AM A MOM OF TEENAGERS. Onward.
Do you have a family member whose care is dependent on you and this care would suffer if you had to serve as a jury member?
Does six rounds of daily eye meds and a desperate need to be near me at all hours of the day count?
They technically never stated the family member had to be human…
In case you were wondering, I was dismissed from duty by 11am. Next time, I’ll be ready though, just in case.