Why did I decide to become a Justice of the Peace?
I’m a romantic and love seeing brides and grooms with their full smiles and dreamy eyes!
When I mentioned this to a friend all those many years ago, he asked why I didn’t become a Justice of the Peace.
I am trained as a teacher with a minor in psychology. It made perfect sense to use my background for such a happy purpose.
When I received my commission I called a gentleman I know from my community and asked him for some advice and guidance on how to perform a civil ceremony. He very willingly passed on his words of wisdom. When my husband and I got married, we were privileged to have him as our Justice of the Peace.
A close friend of my sister asked me to officiate when she and her groom decided to get married. My sister is quite a bit younger than I, and so is her friend. I cried through the whole ceremony, seeing this young bride as the little girl I watched grow up!
My daughter has said that when she gets married she would prefer that I stand beside her, rather than in front of her!
When my brother and sister-in-law decided to get married, they asked me to officiate. Shortly after, but before their wedding day, my father was commissioned as a Justice of the Peace from his home city. My brother asked me how best to handle this. My father and I shared the honors! It was a very moving experience.
I am a long time member of the Massachusetts Justices of the Peace Association