Make our Founding Fathers Proud

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Yesterday I received my jury duty reimbursement for a week spent as Juror #1 in Maricopa County Superior Court, sitting in the jury box, listening, taking notes, deliberating. The check amounted to $84.06 – certainly not a salary that would motivate one want to become a full-time juror. But the dedication statement listed on the check receipt was so dignified, so inspiring, so all-in-capital-letters-distinguished, it made me pause and reflect on our fast approaching Independence Day:

JUDITH ANNE GROUT

A MAJOR STRENGTH OF OUR AMERICAN JUSTICE SYSTEM IS WIDESPREAD COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION IN THE COURTS.    AS A JUROR YOU HAVE REPRESENTED THE VERY ESSENCE OF THAT PRINCIPLE. THANK YOU

Grout FlagSo, this week, as we celebrate the most meaningful of national holidays and review the hallowed words of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights, it’s comforting to know the art of our writing is one of those core elements that preserves our culture. Each of us, in our own fashion, crafts words that perhaps inspire, hopefully enlighten, maybe entertain…the list goes on and on. We have traded our founders’ parchment papers for our keyboards, but our work to preserve our freedom of speech is just as important today as it was centuries ago. So, appreciate the special value of your printed words, the thing you have created, and Happy Fourth of July.


11 thoughts on “Make our Founding Fathers Proud

  1. Nice piece, Judith. I had the pleasure of serving on a jury a few years ago. I felt honored to be chosen. This was a murder trial, the venue was moved to another district and we were housed in a hotel for 2 weeks. It was an amazing experience.

    1. As a writer – all experiences are rewarding, especially being part of a world we don’t often see, and that experience may someday find its way into one of our stories.

  2. We live in a world of instant gratification and knee-jerk reactions to sensational headlines. If we can create a world that provokes deliberate thought and encourages mature reflection, we will make a significant contribution.

  3. Good to know there are intelligent people who want to serve. During my first day, I witnessed many potential juror candidates expending much effort to be excused. I am glad I was chosen and served.

  4. Dear Judith, I’ve never thought of the 4th in the way you have–referencing it to writing. thank you for that. And may your day today be filled with gratitude for all those who have worked to give us this democracy in which we live–a democracy that is under attack, I fear. Peace.

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