July 21, 2009

The letter you never want to get...

Last week, I was delivered the most terrible mail!!!
One of the exemptions for Jury Duty is if you have a child under 7, and you are the primary care taker. So I'm thinking "That's me, I'm exempt!"
So I get my excuse notarized and mailed in. Then yesterday I got a phone call....

Lady: Mrs. Bridges, a teacher is considered an occupation that should have childcare at all times. You are not exempt, see you in court.
(Let me mention that this jury duty is 2 weeks, and the last 2 weeks of my summer)
Me: You don't understand. I have a 12 week old son. I'm not able to get him care until the school year. My husband coaches all summer and my mother works. There is no one else to watch him but a day care.
Lady: I have heard every excuse in the book, you must be here. Day care will be fine.
Me: (Breaking into hysterics) I'm not ready...I can't...He's so little...please please help me!!!!
Lady: Maim you are breaking my heart. I can transfer you to another week, what about Aug. 24th?
Me: I teach! That's the first week of school. In first grade you can't have them start with someone else and expect a good year! Please, he is so little and I'm not ready!!!
Lady: I'll see what I can do...

I'm still waiting to see what is going to happen, but I'm hoping I cried my way out of jury duty! Whether I have it or not, it was apparent to me that I have no accepted the reality that summer is coming to an end. That means I won't get my precious all day long like I'm used to. Like I said to this lady one million times...I'm not ready!!! I want to wake up with my baby boy and have all day with him. I know what he wants when he cries, and I know what he needs by watching him. I know we have great care for him, but I'm just not ready!!!!!!!!!!

1 comment:

Kathy said...

I'm so mad about this I could spit! I got called into jury duty when Will was 5 weeks old - sent a letter and told them I had a son younger than 7 and was the primary care giver - I got out of it. How in the world did they not let you out of it?!?! Teachers don't teach in the summer and your sweet baby is only 3 months! I want to write a letter and scream in all caps to someone for not accepting your letter.