Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to fulfill one of the less enjoyable obligations of being a citizen in the community — I got called in for jury duty, but honestly, I don’t mind it one bit.

This was just the second time I’ve been called for jury duty since I moved to Grayson County. When I reported for the first time nearly two years ago, I remember the courtroom being fairly empty and I was released almost as soon as I got there.

This week was the complete opposite.

When I entered the courtroom, it was almost completely full with nearly 250 people crowding the wooden pews. Unfortunately for me, and the 249 other people in the room, a power surge the previous night had knocked out the air conditioning and the room was quite hot, even without the aid of the Texas summer.

We were told that only 50 of us would be needed to form a panel from which the jury would be chosen. Of course, I was part of that 50 chosen for the panel.

Ultimately, however, I wasn’t chosen for the jury.

Previously, I served on a jury about a decade ago in Dallas in a criminal case. The whole experience changed my view on how the legal system works. It gave me a perspective on the system beyond what is often shown on television, which is far from reality. The intricacies of the system, the ways arguments were made and the procedure was enough to catch my curiosity, and I ultimately left with a better understanding of the legal system itself.

Happy birthday Wednesday to Linda Cripps, Louis A. Hughley, Rhonda Collins, Monique Davis, Raychelle Massey, Kyna Summers, Angel Walker and James Andrew, all of Sherman; Polly Staley of Denison; Paul Boaz of Whitesboro; and Lynne Dingley Gartman of Uvalde.