This week I was in my car on my way to pick up my mom, and I was listening to the radio coverage on NPR of the aftermath of the Orlando night club shooting. I found myself tearing up listening to the stories of the family members flying in from all over to try to locate their loved ones. The reporter was talking about how many of the victims were from Puerto Rico. When their family members came to take their bodies home, many people gave generous donations – florists donated arrangements for funerals, coffins were discounted, and airlines flew the bodies for free. Something one woman said who was interviewed really pulled at my heart strings. She runs a funeral home, and while they usually hire an outside company to transport the coffin to the airport, her company has been driving the coffin in their own hearse. When asked why, she said, “the world is on its knees right now. We are trying to do anything we can to be supportive of the families and lessen their grief.” It seems like a small gesture, but I’m sure it is a gesture the families will remember.
Last week I finished up a case I had been working on for some time as a Referee, that is, a “private judge”, who the parties and attorneys to a case hire to conduct the divorce proceeding outside of the courthouse. When the Referee decides a case she or he acts just like a sitting judge does, and then the “Referee’s Report” goes to the court, and if finally accepted there, gets entered as the official divorce judgment.
In this particular case, there had been lots and lots of back and forth emails, texts, notes and the like about kids’ visitation exchanges, summer vacations, extracurricular activities, and similar topics.