A Justice of the Peace (JP) in New Zealand is somewhat like a Commissioner of Oath who can verify copies of important documents with a “Certified True Copy” stamp. Getting documents certified by the JP is the only free service you can get here!
A few weeks ago, I went to the JP at the city library to get some documents verified. After a brief exchange of hellos with the kind old man, I laid out the photocopies and the original document on his table. He understood what I needed and got to work. As he was stamping and signing my documents, we got to some light chatting and I learnt that he is a retired lawyer, volunteering as a JP in the library.
After all was done, he took out a form in which he said he needed to fill in with my full name and some basic details for record. When he came to the checkbox for my age group, he placed his pen tip near the first box and asking to confirm, “You’re 20-29, yes?”
Without thinking, I answered a yes immediately like I always did. Well, it had stayed the same over the last decade, it felt like a no-brainer.
And then right after I said yes, I thought to myself and blurted out softly, staring into space, “You know, next year, I’ll be upgraded to the next age group….30-39.”
He chuckled and handed me the form to sign. I signed it, smiled and thanked him. I walked out of the library that day feeling a little surreal. It hadn’t really hit me until then that my twenties are going to be over very soon indeed.
Wow…and I felt like I haven’t really achieved much in life. Do you ever feel that way?