Court Reporting and Captioning

Am I fulfilled at work?

There’s so many facets to life
More than the sum of its parts.
I know I don’t want my vocation
to be the only definition
of my innate worth,
of my contribution
to the collective whole.

The French refuse to be 
defined by their profession
and I am inspired.
But I can’t deny that what I do
My job, my career
has thrived and brought me riches,
Internal and external rewards:
Recognition
Journeys
Challenges
Joy and pain.

And I could never
stand before you 
Here today without
that vocation.
I possess a rare skillset
And I am proud for all
of my accomplishments.

Even now as guardian of the record,
As the silent witness
As laws in the books
are test driven in daily life.
To be front and center 
of someone retelling 
their darkest hour,
their fears replayed.
And I am honored to be
Entrusted.
It is a gift.

Or in my previous career,
To help someone who cannot hear
take an active role
and participate 
And even the playing field.
My skills cannot be underestimated.

Am I fulfilled?
Yes.
Do I wish for things to be different?
At times, of course, I do.
The many facets of my life
do not revolve on
my ability to bring home
a paycheck.

Although, with utmost gratitude,
I must recognize that 
my current position has
given me a routine,
a steady schedule 
with space to reflect
and create these words to you.


Court Reporting and Captioning · working mom

Ode to my fingers

Long fingers like a pianist.  I use them every day as I write on my steno machine.  Though the machines have evolved and changed over time, my fingers still rapidly stroke the same keys.  I listen to spoken words and my amazing brain translates it to sounds, symbols, syllables and strokes.  I even have time to add in punctuation.

My fingers have taken me to islands, to ivy league college and a navy school, to town halls and high school auditoriums, outdoor venues with waterfire, a lighthouse tour on a ferry boat, the zoo, and numerous graduations and ceremonies.

I’ve captioned words for hundreds to read projected onto a screen.  I am not intimidated.  I am highly skilled and competent with over 22 years of experience.  Even if they say Steno is a dying art, I am proof that it’s not.  My career is thriving.  My salary supports and sustains me and my family.

My fingers fire rapidly across the keyboard hanging on to every word.  Sometimes just waiting for what’s next.  From the courthouse to web hearings, I am front and center.  My body is still.  My arms hardly move as my fingers do all the work.  I can read back what was just said confidently and with clarity.  I am the keeper of the official record now.  All thanks to my amazing fingers.