Two years ago I got a summons to serve on a Grand Jury. This is not one of these jury-things where you call every week for a month to see if you are to show up. You must go...then a judge will listen to anyone who has an excuse to not serve. I heard everything from 'I have Parkinson's' to 'I don't live here anymore and it would be a six hour drive.' With my severe hearing disability and fibro, I just sat there and thought I could do it. All I asked is that I could sit in the front so I could hear. Every single time I had to go into this claustrophobic, sound proof, air tight room with air conditioners running so we could breathe and ask if I could please sit in the front. I got the ole eye roll...oh, all the rude gestures. The witnesses would sit on a chair and mumble...no microphone...look away from the jury and talk to the district attorney...finally one day I just said "I cannot hear you!" I got a verbal, embarrassing lashing from the DA. Aterwards, I told the foreman I couldn't do this anymore...between my numb, aching legs and hearing loss I wasn't doing anyone any favors. And I wasn't. She said something like, "You agreed to do this and without you we will not have enough people to vote..." I don't know. I guess there is no point to this except I was told I could serve and sit where I would be comfortable and hear, and the crap I had to deal with every single time was unbelievable. No more jury duty for me.
Donnaeil, I'm so glad that your daughter is heading to college. She hasn't let her handicap keep her down so I know she will be quite successful. I'm sure you are so proud of all your children.
You are handling the rude people brilliantly! Oh, I know it's difficult. I'd like to knock a few heads in the wall sometimes but all that does is tighten my muscles and make me hurt more! So, ignoring them is perfect. You can't change these type of people but you can really feel sorry for them. What a pathetic way to live. Keep up the smile!