Junior Year & Growing Pains

Well, I’m here to break the news to everyone.

Five days ago, officially, I became a big bad junior in high school. Approximately one year until senior year, about ten giant leaps closer to graduation. So, yes, you’ve heard right. Hannah is growing up.

Wait! What are you doing?

Oh, come on! Pull it together, man! There’s no crying in blogging!

The truth is, it hadn’t even sunk into me until the first week of school that I, indeed, was finally one of those “big kids” that I always wanted to be more like. In second grade I remember my best friend Brooke and I always looking at the juniors and seniors, planning and imagining what we’d be like when we were finally “grown up” and about to go to college like them.

Now, instead of playing pretend we’re actually getting dangerously close to being on our own. Weird, huh? The days feel like years and the years are feeling like days.

So…my mom and I were going school shopping last week, just a girl’s night for her and I. Notebooks, binders, pens, highlighters, and the likes…nothing exciting, but just going out and shopping together, having fun.

We were walking through the busy aisles and talking and laughing as we are accustomed to doing. She stops in her tracks in front of the food department and smiles a sad little smile at me.

“This is one of the last times I’m going to go school shopping with my baby.”

I smile back at her and wave off the comment. “Hey, maybe not! I’d have seven more years of this if I go to law school.”

She laughs, and we continue on the long voyage through the seemingly endless aisles of Walmart. Eventually, we check out with about our cart filled to the brim with school supplies.

And trust me, when I tell you this, guys…if there were ever a paper shortage on earth, just holla at me and I’ll send a notebook your way. When notebooks are 17 cents, we’re going to take advantage of it.

But, after the school supply fiasco, my mom and I still hadn’t eaten (at almost 9), so we decided to make a late night Wendy’s stop. We went inside, laughed, ate, talked, all as my mother tried her best to embarrass me by singing to the oldies on the overhead radio, but she didn’t embarrass me! (Mostly, because practically no one was there, but still…that’s progress!)

I knew at that very moment, this was a time that I’d remember for the rest of my life. Being with my mom, one of my very best friends (and sometimes, arch nemesis), and just having her be there for me. I know I’m lucky in that aspect. I have both my parents and they love me, no matter how much I resist them and would like my freedom at times, I know I would be lost without them.

So, on my first day as a junior, I could tell my mom was a little off. Being a mother is a tough deal. You take care of someone for years and years and then you are expected to let go…just like that.

I guess this piece is mostly to reassure everyone (especially those moms out there) that if your kid is growing up, don’t be scared! Being a mom doesn’t end at a specific point. I’ll always need my mom, no matter how old I am. Her motherhood doesn’t have an expiration date.

So, Mom..(since I’m sure we all pretty much know that this was directed toward you), thanks for all you do for our family and all that you have done specifically for me. I really appreciate it. I’m feeling all that excitement and joy looking forward to the future and all there is to come! I know you are too 🙂

Hannah

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Liebster Blogger Award #2 ???

GUYS!! My second Liebster Blogger Award?! Eyyy! I knew all this typing wasn’t for nothing 😉 But seriously, such an honor and all thanks to this awesome blogger (Lord of the Trekkies) – you can find her at  https://lordofthetrekkies.wordpress.com/

I received this nomination a month or two ago, but things have been kinda sorta CRAZY around here and I hadn’t gotten to this post until recently. So, sorry for the wait, but I wanted it to have my full attention. Better late than never, am I right?

I’ll start off with the rules of this lovely little award, which will especially be helpful to those I choose to nominate:

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Now, without further ado…let’s answer some questions!

1. If you could go back in time, where would you go?

Good question! When I was a kid I’d have to say “the Little House on the Prairie days”. But today, after a few more years of history classes, I think I’d pass on the offer and go for a time much more modern than prairie and much simpler than today, (AKA a time where you could easily avoid getting scalped, and a time you could leave your doors unlocked without a care in the world). So, naturally, the 1950s and 60s would be an interesting time to visit. Notice I said visit. 🙂 Although the 50s and 60s have a bit of an enchanting quality in some areas, it was indeed not a perfect time to live in. With severe segregation and discrimination of African Americans and women in the workforce. This is an important part that is very easy to overlook with society’s depiction of 1950s day and age. So, with that said! It’d be fun to visit for a day in a place like Mayberry, South Carolina. The Andy Griffeth Show is what is behind my loving the idea of its simplicity. 

2. Why did you start blogging?

I was kind of inspired by a family friend that started blogging. I’d been writing since childhood, and this seemed like the most reasonable outlet to express myself through writing in this period of my life! I’d blogged before, but with WordPress it’s different. There is a real community of writers and readers that interact and give feedback to each other, which makes blogging sooooo much more fun! Before, it felt like I was talking into thin air. 

3. Who, in your opinion, was the best actor ever? Why?

I have a few favorite actors. Audrey Hepburn, first and foremost. I loved her in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, “Roman Holiday”, and many other titles she has been in over the years. She was one of the few actors and famous individuals that continually held themselves to a particular standard of excellence, reflection, and class. She was much more than a pretty face, in fewer words.

4. What is your favorite animal?

Alrighty, ladies and gents. I’m going to put a “CLICHE” warning out there because it’s true. My favorite animal is a dog. I just cannot tell a lie. But my second favorite animal would have to be ducks/ducklings. There’s nothing cuter!

5. What is your earliest memory?

Whew! Alex, you’re coming up with some really good questions! This is definitely a toughie…I actually have a lot of memory of when I was little. Especially when I was two or three years old. One memory, in particular, was a special Christmas morning in 2002 or 2003. I was with my brother, my mom, and my dad, with Christmas presents under the beautifully ornamented tree. I had my absolute favorite plaid nightgown on and I recall that that was the morning I received my very own wooden doll house. It had its own furniture, had a little Barbie doll couple to live in this humble abode, it even had stairs from one floor to the next. (There were THREE floors!) I was practically in Barbie heaven.

6. Who is your favorite artist? (Music, books, art, etc…)

I have a lot of favorite artists, including authors, because writing is indeed an art form. Charles Dicken’s work in David Copperfield was impressive. Other than that? To Kill a Mockingbird was another wonderful classic that has important lessons inside. Those are my favorite classics, not including the novels that I read. And for art? I’d have to say Monet is an artist that I really like. “Waterlilies” is a beautiful piece of his. Although, I’m a huge fan of Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” as well. I’d have to say Starry Night is my favorite.

7. Favorite emoji?  I use the laughy face the absolute most, but I love the one with its tongue sticking out too hahaha

8. What’s your favorite meme?

roasted

Just because this is 100% accurate.

9. Is Kahn from Star Trek Into Darkness really evil? Why or why not?

Um, TOTALLY….because. Yeah, well, I actually have no clue.

10. DC or Marvel? Why or why not?

Marvel, because I’ve actually heard of Marvel before. Some of my friends watch it.

11. Best movie you’ve ever seen?

The last movie I saw was Center Stage: On Pointe. It’s a movie about a dancer: ballet AND modern dance is included. I thought it was a cute movie.

 

11 Facts about Myself?

I’d like to maintain some of my mystery, so maybe I’ll do eleven facts the next time around haha

 

Questions for the Nominees

What is your favorite thing about blogging?

What is your least favorite thing?

What are you most passionate about?

What do you enjoy writing about the most?

What makes a good blog?

Any tips for teenagers growing up in this generation?

Your favorite show/movie?

If you could do anything career wise what would you do?

Dogs or cats?

Your favorite place you’ve ever traveled to?

Favorite type of music?

 

Now, onto another fun part!

Get ready, folks…

Ta Daa!

Nominations! 

Peas Romaine Calm ( https://peasromainecalm.com/ )  I just recently found this gem a few months ago and I just love the idea behind it, the aesthetic, and of course- her posts!! Go check this one out if you love cooking easy and delicious meals for you and your family 🙂

Prayers and Piazzas ( https://prayersandpiazzas.com/ ) This is another blog that I found a few months back and I can’t get enough of it! Prayers and Piazzas never fail to amaze me with photography from all around the world and posts about travel and life. Go check it out!

Wish I Was Mary ( https://wishiwasmary.wordpress.com/ ) A cute little blog that I discovered today! She’s just started, and that’s exactly what this award is for! Blogs that are super promising and have awesome potential. Her posts are funny and very well written. Go and take a look!

A Momma’s View ( https://amommasview.wordpress.com/ ) Her post on homeschooling is dead on! If you want a blog with interesting, well-written, eye-catching posts- go look at this one right here.

Joy’s Travel ( https://ranie2015.wordpress.com/ ) I saw some of the photography on this site and what I saw I loved! The flowers that she captured at one point were breath-taking. If you love beautiful quotes and photography go and look around the place 🙂

Noteable Pad ( https://noteablepad.wordpress.com/ ) I cannot recall if I’ve nominated this particular blogger before, but I’m going to go for it just in case I haven’t! I love her work, her site is beautiful, and I just love the idea of a blog designated for books. So, if you’re wondering what exactly you should read next, look at this little gem!

Writing and Works ( https://caroljforrester.com/ ) I came in contact with this particular writer when I was in my very beginning stages of blogging and she gave me such genuine and sweet encouraging comments! Thanks for spreading positivity and P.S. your blog is pretty cool. Everyone, go look around if you want to see drawings and posts about almost anything under the sun! You won’t regret.

Robin T. Photo ( https://robintphoto.com/ ) One glance at this blog and you know why I nominated it. With such beautiful pictures, who wouldn’t nominate such a blog? This is a site you cannot overlook. Take a peek and you’ll see why.

Dreams Come True ( https://demetrickquinn.wordpress.com/ ) I found this lil’ ol’ blog a while ago and thought it was pretty cool! There aren’t many young guys that I see making blogs and I thought this one deserved a little round of applause! Go check it out!

My Heart Says Yes ( https://myheartsaysyes.wordpress.com/ ) This blog is chock full of amazing thought provoking pieces. Especially the last one that I read, focused primarily on loss. Go look around you will not be disappointed. Her pieces are well-written and pick at your heart strings.

Blossoming ( https://orangeblossoming.wordpress.com/ ) I found this blog about a month ago and I instantly fell in love with it. There are so many great qualities to it. This blog is focused on “lessons from the farm” which is another endearing thing about it. Look at the last post, it is such a great reminder if life and it will be sure to put lots of things in perspective.

So, to all you wonderful bloggers that I nominated: good luck and keep up the good work with your writing! When you’re done with your questions make sure you shoot me a comment, so I can take a look at your answers!

Thanks again for the blogger award. I just love getting these!

Until next time,

Hannah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Blooms- Photography of the Day

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, there is a rapture on the lonely shore, there is society, where nothing intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar: I love not man the less, but nature more.

Alright, you little readers, you. I admit I’ve been a little slack with the posting, and when I say “slack” I really mean “completely negligent and only posts once a month even though she loves blogging” kind of slack. It’s pathetic, I am aware.

BUT- to make it up to you all, I’ve taken some summer photography that I thought you might enjoy. There’s nothing better than a little nature, no?

So…I’m going to be very frank with you. When I share these pictures I plan on giving as little information of the picture’s back story on purpose in a pathetic attempt to hide that I took these pics at the outdoor garden section of Lowes. Hey, don’t look at me like that! I’m using the resources given to me.

So without further ado, here’s your own little virtual flower bouquet of the day.

Hope you’ve enjoyed!

Your own personal Lowes outdoor garden photographer signing out,

Hannah

The Indecisive Nature of Growing Up

Ultimately, nothing is written in stone. No matter how much we believe otherwise, one little change of plans and we are right back to square one. Things change, people change, everything changes. We all grow.

I’ve noticed this a lot growing up; your childhood and teen years are one phase after another. One day you want to be a vet, one day you want to be a teacher, one day you want to achieve world domination, owning all the T.J Maxx and Chick fil A’s of the world…oh, wait. Did I just say that out loud?

Anyway, all of us, at some point in life, are forced to choose a profession or line of work that we… hopefully (*fingers crossed*) will never get completely sick of. No pressure there, right? Well, that, my friends, is the point that I am at right now. Stuck in between childhood and adulthood, I am forced with some pretty big decisions. Time has flown and people that I have grown up with since childhood are starting to graduate high school. I find it hard sometimes to appreciate where I am at in life while I am so deeply aware of how close I am to being on my own.

I have my whole life ahead of me and that scares me, yet pushed me to unimaginable excitement and vision of living my purpose out in this world. Thinking of these things, as long as it is in a positive way, is something that I choose to follow out for my own good, because using these situations will push me further and further to the goals I have set for myself. That’s the only way to overcome doubt. So, where will Hannah Garner be in the future?

Only time will tell.

The Liebster Blogger Award

I’ve received the Liebster Blogger Award, which is an award discovering new and promising blogs!

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Eyyy! Guess who got nominated for the Liebster Blogger Award?!   …Well, actually, it’s this chick right here! Oh, I know-I’m psyched about it, too, what with it being the first blogger award I’ve received in the history of ever.

So I will start with a special thanks to @WillowUnspoken that nominated me for this award! Go check out her blog at https://willowunspoken.wordpress.com/ ! She has some great and insightful posts for you to reflect on.

So with that out of the way, buckle your seat belt, folks. Because I’m about to fill your brain with my completely awe-inspiring and wonder-filled answers. The questions WillowUnspoken gave me were tough, but great questions to choose for me.

I will also be nominating eleven other blogs for this Liebster Award. If I nominated you, here are the rules to your nomination:

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The Questions @WillowOutspoken Chose for Me:

  1. Are you an open person? Why or why not?  I mean, I think it depends on what we’re talking about. Yes, I am open to hearing and discussing other people’s worldviews and ideas. But at the same time, I know what I believe and what I stand for. If you are asking if I am open with others then I’d have to say not all the time. That is not something that came to me instantaneously at birth. It has been something I’ve learned and have grown into after gaining confidence in myself and in who I am. Although, I definitely think it is a good thing to be cautious about who you trust, to some extent. If you’re talking about being open to new adventures, then 100% yes. I’m ecstatic to get out and travel and do new things. I’ve developed this adventurous and spontaneous spirit as I grew older. (While of course, still maintaining my common sense and reason about me.)
  2. If you could go back in time to fix a mistake of yours, what would it be, when, and why? I’d say that there are many points in life that I wish I could go back and do something different, but all in all, I’ve ended up seeing how those situations had grown me as an individual. I think a lot of aspects of life (including our mistakes) prepare us for the real world. Because the real world is not always so peachy as we’d like it to be.
  3. How would you describe yourself in one single word? This one is tough. Well-rounded? I’m part of a family that cares about art and literature as well as sports and fun, and because of this, I’d say that’s given me a good outlook on life.
  4. Other than a parent or guardian, who would you trust with your life? Um, duh. Spiderman.
  5. If you could change one thing about this world, what would it be? I would change the way it treats children, animals, and the total well-being of others.
  6. What is your favorite activity? Soccer has always been something that I’ve had a deep passion for. It hurts a lot that I don’t get to play it anymore, but I try to keep up with games on TV and still love it the same. Other than soccer, another one of my favorite things that I get to do is play tennis. I’ve watched tennis with my dad since I was four or five (Roger Federer, you rock!) But it was only recently that I have started enjoying it more. Overall, I’d say my favorite activity in the world would be writing, for sure. I’ve been writing little snippets and stories since I was in first grade and it’ll always be a part of me.
  7. Do you want children, or have children?  Yeah, sure. I’d want kids; I love them! I think I would like to adopt, too, but before I do all that I want to go to college, travel, write, just live life for a while.
  8. When were you happiest last? The weekend, definitely!
  9. If any, what is a great memory that is also painful? I’d say any memory with my adopted brother is at least a little painful. We’ve gone through way too much with him, but everything played a part in leading us to my dear little niece and nephew. A huge lesson in adoption is learning that family is not always the person that gave birth to you. It is who is there for you through it all, and who will always be there because of choice, not because of blood. Love is so much stronger than many blood relations are. I think I’ll be speaking of that in a future blog post, by the way.
  10. Do you think of yourself as a hypocrite? Why or why not? I don’t. Although, for every single person on God’s green earth, the way people perceive us is not who we are all the time. It is human nature. One comment I have heard is, “I don’t think she has a mean bone in her body!” But I’ll bet you if you see Hannah in the morning of a particularly bad Monday then you may realize for yourself that no matter how put together someone looks from the outside looking in, we all have our faults and short-comings. Being a hypocrite is different than being real!
  11. Do you see yourself on a straight path in the next 10 years? I would hope so! I know that college and young adulthood is always a tough time for people, but I wish to stay true to myself and what I stand for in the process. I want to grow into adulthood with grace.

 

11 Completely Random Facts About Me:

  1. I’ve wanted to be an author since I was in first grade.
  2. I’m an ambivert ( “a person whose personality has a balance of extrovert and introvert features.” ) …Hahaha see? I told you I’m well-rounded! But this just basically means that I love people, but I get super drained in big group settings and with people I don’t know well.
  3. I want to become an Adoption Lawyer.
  4. I. Love. Music. and singing. I love singing, too.
  5. I’m 5,2″ or 5,3″. Let’s go with 5,3″
  6. I’ve found that David Copperfield is actually a really good book. Oh, the joys of having a father that was a former British lit teacher. You grow up around this stuff.
  7. French cappuccino. Need I say more?
  8. I’m 16 years old.
  9. At ages around 11-12, I wrote 100 pages of a book before I stopped. It’s hilarious to look back at the old things you’ve written when you were younger. It always involves a whole lot of cringing and laughter.
  10. I go to a school that my dad founded this year that’s mission is for kids in rough situations.
  11. I’ve been parasailing and yes. It is as awesome as it sounds.

 

Questions for the People I’ve Nominated

  1. What made you pursue writing?
  2. What is the most important event/events that have grown you into the person that you are today?
  3. Describe yourself in one sentence.
  4. If you could meet with anyone past or present who would it be and why?
  5. What are five principles that you try to live your life by?
  6. If you could pack up and live anywhere in the world for a year, where would you live and why?
  7. Who are your favorite authors? Why do you like their work so much?
  8. If you could be anything in the world, what would you be?
  9. What do you love to do in your free time?
  10. What would you say is your biggest down fall?
  11. What would you say is your best attribute?

 

To those that I have nominated, be sure to comment and tell me when you finish your blog posts so I can check them out !

The Nominees-

https://roadtoharmony.com/     This woman’s blog post of her mother will bring you to tears. It is relatable to many, even to those who still have their mother with them. It shows the true importance of a mother.

https://myfrugalfarmstead.wordpress.com/   I love this woman’s blog already! I love the topic and the beautiful photography and style that accompanies it. Cannot wait to see more from her in the future. Go check her out!

https://dearlilyjune.wordpress.com/  This is a blog that I know has more than 200 followers, but I enjoy it so much that I am sharing anyway! It is dedicated to this woman’s dear little girl Lily June, in the form of written letters. She expresses within her writing the heartache as well as happiness that comes along with living everyday life.

https://megssaskia.wordpress.com/ Just recently found this blog and its design is beautiful! It’s such a great idea for a blog, it’s well-written, and she’s just so friendly! Go check her out!

https://justinqueso.wordpress.com/ This woman is hilarious! Plus, who DOESN’T want to follow a blog that goes around reviewing different restaurants with cheese?? Come, now! Let’s be honest.

https://echoesfromthehollow.wordpress.com/2016/02/15/if-then/  Go check out Echoes from the Hollow- a blog run by someone close to me! She has some very thought provoking posts of living with a mother with Alzheimers, plus a couple funny posts mixed in here and there. P.S. See, Mrs. Clark?? You really SHOULD blog more!

https://victorialouisewrites.wordpress.com/  I really like this girl’s post on running. It’s so true and her writing is AWESOME! I really hope she posts more because I am excited to see what she does in the future.

https://thehighheeledpapergirl.wordpress.com/  I just recently found this girl’s blog the other week, but already I love it! The idea to spur on inspiration and motivation to teens, and to push others to dream is very admirable, and I love the idea of doing the same. The way she does collabs intrigues me, as well, and I would love to start doing collabs with other bloggers, too. It seems like a real way to grow. So go look around her blog!

https://alexisdavidalexisdavid.wordpress.com/ Go check out this blog! The author of this blog all but breathes, sleeps, and eats French ! (It’s awesome). She writes in English, by the way, so don’t worry about that language barrier. This blog is relatable, funny, and always an enjoyable read!

https://overanalysingliterature.wordpress.com/ This girl’s blog is great, fun, and unique! She definitely isn’t afraid to be herself. If you are into books, book reviews, even if you aren’t you should go look around! She just seems like such a sweet soul!

https://noteablepad.wordpress.com/ Go look at this blog, too! I love her writing, her blog’s design is killer, and she seems like such a cool and interesting person!

Oops! Almost forgot!

Here is another writer I wanted to nominate, too! (I know I’m going over the limit, but I never said I wasn’t a rebel.)

https://thelearnify.wordpress.com/ Go check out this girl’s blog! I especially love her cute little post for Mother’s Day. You won’t regret looking around.

Now, those that I have nominated- go get busy with those Award posts of yours!

Remember to tell me when you’ve finished, in case I miss it! 

Your dedicated (I must be to have written this much for one post) blogger signing out,

Hannah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Open Letter to the Woman that Belittled my Mother to Tears (A Lesson in Customer Service- For the Customer)

Dear lady that yelled at my mother today,

My mother is a banker. She’s been banking for more than twenty years of her life and is good at what she does. She’s GREAT at what she does. She is the sweetest, strongest, most giving, most compassionate woman you could ever come across. Countless things are done daily to help support her family, her church, and her grandchildren (my niece and nephew). Her life is a clear example of generosity and love.

And, although, it is not uncommon for me to hear of rude disgruntled customers, angry that their loans can’t go through, angry about that account that was being difficult for them, angry about anything in general, this saddens me all the more. 

So, congratulations. You are the latest case of insanity that working with the public has brought in.

It seems all you hear of anymore is the importance of “customer service” but it is obvious no one really takes the time to evaluate the great cost and sacrifice it takes to practice it. It takes a lot of character, to be sure.

One of the biggest things in customer service is caring for the greater good of the customer. Seems easy when said, doesn’t it?

Try caring for the greater good of customers when they are consistently hurling insults at you right and left. Try caring for the greater good of customers when they ask why you “would do something so STUPID?!” Try caring for the greater good of customers when they show the worst of humanity daily with no shame, with no regret. I dare you to even try dealing with such unreasonable people when you are expected to withhold your tongue from saying the things that it are most tempting to say. Try dealing with someone like that while maintaining professionalism and class. It takes true strength and a special person.

Ma’am, I want to let you know that frustration is inevitable in life; although, in your case, you’ve gone too far. My mother picked me up from school today with a smile on her face, but as I got in I knew something was immediately off. If you knew my mom you would know that she is a lady that doesn’t usually give into her emotions. She’s a strong person, but she is also human. As she described her day to me this evening (as we both always tend to do) she lets me in on what had happened today. She tells me the cruel way you dealt with her. She told me how you talked to her like she was a dog and she told me that she cried. And when she got to that point, did you back down? Did you realize how wrong you were? No, you decide it was best to press further, questioning my mother on her ability to tell her head from her toes. When she stutters, in obvious shock, for a response you laugh and hiss at her, “Just listen to you! You can even say it right. Listen to her!”

All I am thinking at this point was Who would do such a thing?!  I can only imagine what hardening you’ve had to have gone through in life to make you capable of doing this to someone else.

To make things worse, I see no justice in scenes like this. You get your way and the upstanding professionals behind the scenes, doing the dirty work, get punished for your tantrum. Because they must have done something disastrous to irritate you, right?

Wrong.

Tell me again what my mother did. What was it that made you harass her like this?

She mistakenly put the wrong address road down.

I only hope that you have more understanding people than yourself and your husband around when you make a mistake in life. I feel sorry for you, but I am grateful for people such as yourself to be an example of who not to be in life. These circumstances grow people of moral standing to push through and stand up for others in an all-new way. They teach us exactly how to love each other, free from society’s corrupted views on how to treat others. Now my mom knows exactly how she wants to treat others, because she knows exactly how she wants to be treated.

You may go away from this thinking that you’ve won, but I guarantee you that my mom will go back to work tomorrow, walk in that door, and start all over again by giving to the community. Even though the community may not feel obligated to give back. It’s just the way she is.

So, please, the next time you are tempted to lose your temper and take it out on others in such a cold and heartless way, realize that this actually affects people. Those bankers, those restaurant workers, those teachers, those people who work hard for you, are all going through a life that is just as inconvenient as yours is feeling like, sometimes even more-so. Remind yourself that there is a way to show frustration with class and dignity. You, ma’am, need help with that.

Thank you,

Hannah

The Whole Truth and Nothing But the Truth

The Whole Truth and Nothing But the Truth: a post about the Justice System

A truthful lawyer.

That sentence catches you a little off-guard, am I right?

It’s okay if it did. Actually, it’s a well-known fact that some lawyers are not the most honest of people. So much so that we may feel that “truth” and “lawyer” have no place being in the same vicinity. They cancel each other out somehow, almost as if the words create a big cultural oxymoron.

What I’m wondering is at what point in time did these individuals start disappointing us? When did it become okay for attorneys to purposefully prosecute the innocent and set free those who will continue to destroy society as we know it? And, at what point, did it become perfectly fine to give children that are thriving in a healthy environment for once, back to parents that are STILL unfit to take care of them…and the only reason being because it is easier for the justice system?

Even in my young life, I’ve seen this all too much. Trust me, there are unlimited amounts of people willing to let their ethics slide for what is easy, for what gives them that paycheck at the end of the week. And, hey, if it takes some tricks to make that paycheck even larger, it’s cool…no problem.

On the other hand, some attorneys and others of the law are simply ground and bullied into submission by those around them, or those over them in rank, to act on whatever closes the case in their favor. Their block of integrity has been chipped away by and by from the daily grind of life in this environment. These particular individuals are tired of saying no and finding themselves in trouble for standing by their morals. Soon it comes to the point where they don’t wish to resist the pressures of the law system any longer. A defense lawyer’s job is to defend. Even when the client isn’t innocent, right? These people have heard it so many times, it becomes stamped into their minds as fact. People get to the point where they believe they’re just doing their job.

It’s no secret that this thought process has seeped into the minds of society and law. Those in places of authority are no longer using their powers as they should, but as they are told, or how they want to use them. Who can blame them, though? There is more to the judicial system than it looks to the untrained eye.

Restrictions and laws of the government and law system set rigid guidelines on just HOW attorneys should conduct themselves, and in most cases if they step out of line they pay the price. The government (or law system, moreover) believe that the focus of the attorney should be more invested in the greater good of the client, not necessarily that the truth comes out.

I’m not being too harsh on the Justice System. It has a very important responsibility in society and should be treated with immense maturity and moral integrity. Lawyers and judges (EVERYONE) should be held accountable in all they do. Those that are willing to lie for their gain, defend the guilty party, and proclaim those that have gone down the wrong path “a lost cause” so easily, without argument, are the ones corrupting the system.

BUT…there are many upstanding lawyers and judges that do stand for what is right, true, and good for everyone involved. They stand with those that are hurting, they protect those that are innocent and convict those that are guilty. They show mercy where mercy should be shown and justice where justice is needed. These folks are helping society in more ways than we can count and they do their job while at the same time standing by ethics instead of material gain. These the real justice seekers in the system and should be applauded as such.

Because there is a problem when I tell someone I wish to be a lawyer and they meet me with a look that is the equivalent as if I were the one put on trial.

So, what do we do about this?

Gather more people with strong character and conviction to stand for what is right in positions of leadership, where we need them most.

Your faithful future lawyer and blogger,

Hannah