Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power – Journal Entry

One of my most embarrassing moments…..

Wow, what a day yesterday was, filled with twists and turns, ups and downs, triumphs and little shots of humility, and most importantly, new beginnings for my step-son who welcomed his first child, baby Brydan, into the world while I sat in court under the scrutiny of too-many-to-count attorneys and a judge who really doesn’t care for court reporters, and yesterday, he made that quite clear with me. For the last three days, I have been the court reporter for the p.m. session of this huge case, and just as I walked into the courthouse for my second day, my husband called to tell me that baby Brydan was born. My heart sank to the ground and I had to stop to pick it up and dust it off and continue on with my day for I knew I wasn’t going to be able to go and see my step-son, let alone the baby. So I got all my equipment set up, and one of the attorneys on the defense side wasn’t getting my live feed. Something was wrong with his computer. Try as I might, I couldn’t troubleshoot it and the proceedings had to start, so the plaintiffs had the advantage of seeing the testimony live (and boy did they use it) and the defense had to count on their memory or ask me to read things back. Anyway, we finished with one witness and then another witness was called to the stand. The judge reminds him to step inside the box and face the court “recorder” which sounded like court “reporter” so the oath could be administered. That’s funny, I thought to myself. The court reporter doesn’t ever administer the oath in court, only in depositions, but I proceeded to swear in the witness. When I was finished, and the witness had said, “I do,” the judge looked down on me, and I do mean down, and said, “Excuse me, I said the court recorder will administer the oath.” I don’t know how many shades of red there are in the color schemes of life, but I turned every one of them; let me assure you. While I munched on my humble pie, quietly, the witness was re-sworn by the court recorder, and the trial continued. I must have digested my humble pie just right, because a little later, I was given a chance to redeem myself, in the judge’s eyes (thank Abba Daddy he’s not my judge) when he asked me for a read-back, which I promptly gave him, word for word, and then returned my tired fingers to the keyboard to continue writing and writing and writing, because the judge just forgot I was there, you know, seen and not heard, like the name of the next book I’m writing. Finally, almost four hours into the proceedings, he suggested a ten-minute break! When the proceedings resumed, I was again rewarded with validation and vindication when I saw the plaintiffs’ side looking to their laptop on many occasions to see the testimony and to remind themselves of the question asked, or an objection to a question. I am so blessed that I don’t go into that courtroom alone, that His grace sustains me and that I can even smile about one of the most embarrassing moments in my professional life…….



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7 Responses to “Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power – Journal Entry”

  1. Gail says:

    OMG, I would have died right then and there. Henry and I are laughing our tails off right now. Sorry, but we can’t help ourselves. I had to read it to him. Well, it was a very innocent mistake and I’m sure the Judge recognizes that. So glad God was there to hold you up. Thanks for being transparent and sharing that with all of us. : – )

  2. Gail says:

    Oh, and congratulations to you and hubby for the newest edition.

  3. Lauren says:

    sooo funny! oh wow… did you feel like quicksand? Good think we have the audience of One 🙂 Amen to that!

  4. admin says:

    actually for a few minutes, I wished there was quicksand that would have swallowed me up and left them without a REPORTER!!!!!

  5. Valerie says:

    What the heck is a court “recorder” anyway? And what are you doing in court, with your hands!! Too much.
    Congratulations and many, many good wishes on the little one. How exciting.

  6. Susie says:

    This is crazy! One of life’s embarrassing moments….but yes, thankfully God’s grace sustains us!!!

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