But I want to be a juror.
As a recent college graduate who was hired in August at Clinton Central Elementary School and who now has a monthly car payment, it would appear that Bernadette might not be the perfect candidate to sit on a jury with her peers.
I, on the other hand, have been a stay-at-home mom since 1989, the year I left my full-time position in the editorial department at the Pharos-Tribune to raise my daughter.
Would I not make a good candidate for the juror’s box?
My time is my own. I work from my computer room. I am a good listener. I take good notes. I am a Sunday school teacher. I am a good cook and baker, and would, on occasion, make batches of Irish stew and shortbread cookies, respectively, for my newly acquired juror friends.
Again, no such luck.
The last line of the juror qualification form states the following: “Thank you for your cooperation and willingness to perform your public service and preserve our constitutional guarantees.”
I would be happy to preserve our constitutional guarantees if given the chance.
Instead, I will more than likely wait year after year after year for that letter in the long, white envelope from the Clinton County Courthouse to appear in my mailbox.
And of course, to no avail.
Meanwhile, Bernadette will more than likely be chosen, as was my husband, to rewrite the course of a person’s life and keep democracy alive.
Alvia Lewis Frey is a columnist for the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at email@example.com.