A personal note
I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I was going to be distracted for a while. I let you know because I thought it might affect my writing, and I might respond less frequently. Some of you nicely expressed concern so I wanted to let you know what was happening, now that it’s over.
I do want to warn you that this is not a comfortable topic, and some of you may want to just skip this one.
I was on a jury. This isn’t my first time on a jury, and I don’t try to avoid them. It’s inconvenient, but I do think it’s a responsibility and an important duty. I also figure, if not me, then it will be someone else. It could certainly be harder for that person than for me.
This particular case was very stressful, though, and stayed with me at night and on the weekends. It was an extreme case of child sexual abuse. No such case would be easy to hear, but I think this was particularly difficult. There’s no reason for me to go into details. The perpetrator (guilty on all counts) was in the room with us, and the victim testified.
One of the hardest things for me was not being able to talk to my Significant Other about it. I don’t like being away from my SO, and this was a bit like that in a tiny way.
Well, I just wanted to let you know…I thought some of you might be wondering. It will take me a while to recover, honestly, but I am glad to have it behind me. My participation in this, of course, is nothing compared to the people actually involved. My heart goes out to all of them.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.