plural notaries public
The kids who grow up to become doctors or lawyers have it easy. Oh sure, they have to get into med school or law school. They have to avoid getting thrown out of med school or law school. Physicians have to breathe the germs of sick people. Lawyers have to address curmudgeons as “Your honor” if the curmudgeon is wearing a robe. (Unless it’s Hugh Hefner wearing a robe.) But all of this is a cakewalk compared to growing up to become a notary public. You can study pre-law or pre-med. Pre-notary public? Dream on.
Kids who become doctors or lawyers are conditioned to become doctors or lawyers. Their parents and teachers dangle those career carrots from an early age, encouraging any signs of medical or legal predispositions. What are the signs of a budding notary public prodigy?
“Hello, class. I’m your teacher, Ms. Morrison.”
As Ms. Morrison writes her name on the board, all of her students slavishly continue to zone in on their handheld devices, except for one pimply kid she notices “witnessing” her signature.
“Young man, have you ever thought of becoming a notary public? You just might have the right stuff!”
A teacher’s seal of approval one day. A notary public’s seal of approval years later.
Doctors and lawyers have role models: Doogie Howser … Dr. Oz … Dr. Dre … Perry Mason. OJ’s lawyers. (Not the ones who got him off for murder. The ones who got him locked up for sports memorabilia.) Most notaries are forbidden from offering legal advice or preparing legal documents. Remember L.A. Law? Remember L.A. Notary Public? Me neither.
“Tonight, on L.A. Notary Public, Ted affixes a certificate!”
Wait… sounds likes last week’s L.A. Notary Public. What do you expect? He’s a notary public!
Kids want to grow up to become firemen … astronauts … rock stars… glorified karaoke contestants who follow in the footsteps of American Idol, Carrie Underwood, and dodge the footsteps of American idle, Lee DeWyze. Remember Lee? Me neither.
As The Lone Ranger rides again, kids continue to play “cowboys and Indians.” No child on record has been caught playing “notary publics and document holders.”
Presuming notary publics reproduce future generations of notary publics, how can we help ensure their not so livelihoods latch onto enough sex appeal to generate the action required to reproduce future generations? Dim the lights…
“I’m Ryan Seacrest… and this… is American Notary Public!”
Randy Jackson: “Yo, what’s your name?”
Bill Dudley: “Bill Dudley.”
Randy Jackson: “Are you the next American Notary Public?”
Bill Dudley: “Definitely.”
Randy Jackson: “Okay, dawg, do your thing.”
Bill Dudley: “Can I have your autograph?”
Randy hands Bill a piece of paper with his autograph. Bill stamps said piece of paper.
Randy Jackson: “Bill Dudley’s in it to win it!”
Andy Cowan is an award-winning writer, producer and performer, whose credits include “Cheers,” “Seinfeld” and “3rd Rock From the Sun.” He can be reached through his website, http://upanddownguys.com
(1) You can study pre-law or pre-med. Pre-notary public? Dream on.
(2) What are the signs of a budding notary public prodigy?
(3) “Young man, have you ever thought of becoming a notary public? You just might have the right stuff!”
(4) Kids play “cowboys and Indians.” No child on record has been caught playing “notary publics and document holders.”
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