Not What I Expected

@much2say (34688)
United States
January 8, 2017 11:01am CST
I have seen signs along the freeway for a Children's Court every weekend as I drive my daughter to a college for her art class past downtown. I've been meaning to look into it but never did. I imagined a children's courtyard with a lovely garden, a play area, and grassy picnic areas. Perhaps it was a place where I could take the kids while we were out there. As the rest of the college campus was closed due to winter break, I spent my waiting time taking a walk. I made it to the other side of the campus, and then I saw the signs for that Children's Court which didn't seem too far - so I thought I'd give it a go. I went over the freeway, hung a left for a couple blocks, then followed the signs up a steep hill. Instead of the lush kids sanctuary I had in mind, I reached an employee only parking lot and public paid parking structure - along with steps leading to a sterile hospital-like building . I peeked through the glass doors and saw a security search area and signs saying something about county employee IDs. Oh. It was then I realized it was a courthouse where they handle juvenile cases - NOT a courtyard . Oh well. It was a nice, long walk anyway. Did you ever make a goal and when you finally reached it, the goal was not what you expected?
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• Lakewood, Colorado
8 Jan
What a lovely thought you had Much. Funny as soon as I read your post, I thought about kids standing in front of Judge Judy.
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@much2say (34688)
• United States
9 Jan
@TiarasOceanView !!!! Nice to see you! Can you imagine? It was closed at the time, but still, I had some strange thoughts about the place too.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
9 Jan
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@much2say (34688)
• United States
11 Jan
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@hereandthere (23131)
• Philippines
8 Jan
what if there was such a place called children's court where kids can pretend they really are in court as a way of settling whatever incident happened why they were playing, or making up a story (case) and then assigning roles to each other?
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@much2say (34688)
• United States
9 Jan
That would actually be interesting and educational! I think kids should know how the judicial system works in this interactive way!
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• Philippines
10 Jan
@much2say i remember an archie comic where jughead saw a sign with a spoon and fork, no text. he ran there with his tongue hanging out. his shoulders slumped when he saw it was a cutlery/garage sale!
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@much2say (34688)
• United States
13 Jan
@hereandthere Poor Jughead!!
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• United States
8 Jan
You made quite the adventure! I normally check Yelp to see new places or places I don't know for a heads up :)
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@much2say (34688)
• United States
9 Jan
I normally would have checked online, but it was one of those things where it wasn't always on my mind plus it was so close anyway - might as well check it out. I did - and well, yah I guess it did turn out to be an adventure! I got a workout in anyway .
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• United States
9 Jan
@much2say Haha yeah, well now you know what they meant by courtyard Curiosity kills so I have had those scenarios before!
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@much2say (34688)
• United States
9 Jan
@infatuatedbby I learned the hard way . But I guess it's better that I went there only because I stumbled upon it rather than actually having to go to court !
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@rebelann (31161)
• El Paso, Texas
8 Jan
Reading this, and knowing you didn't find what you expected, I had the idea that perhaps it was a court where children of divorced parents were heard to determine guardianship, not what I expected either. I don't set goals. I learned a long time ago that unless I knew exactly what I was capable of I could not reach that goal. I'm also the hippy type, live for today, don't worry about tomorrow is my motto. The reason is I know today is here but no one knows what'll happen tomorrow.
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@much2say (34688)
• United States
9 Jan
It could very well be that too . . . I hadn't looked it up online to see what all it this place handled. It was a pretty building, so I figure they must handle all sorts of cases. And that is true - no one knows what will happen tomorrow - even the next minute! I like making lots of short term goals - it's the long ones where I often get distracted in which I may or may not get there.
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@rebelann (31161)
• El Paso, Texas
9 Jan
About the only goal I'll make is if I'm in the right mood I'll set myself up to do laundry or something like that @much2say I really hate housework and thankfully only kritters reside with me so I don't have to clean if I don't want to but boy do I need to .... this place is a mess .... so I made a goal today to at least get one corner cleaned up, then I can set a new goal but only for today.
@mysdianait (63977)
• Italy
8 Jan
I probably did but I can't recall it at the moment
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@much2say (34688)
• United States
9 Jan
Did you ever watch a movie with certain expectations and then it turned out to be better (or worse) than you thought? I saw what I thought would be a silly movie this weekend, and I can't believe it actually made me tear up in certain scenes (it was no E.T. movie, but I must becoming a softy . . . I swear I tear up at anything I watch these days ).
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@mysdianait (63977)
• Italy
9 Jan
@much2say I remember watching a film for the first time at home on television. I only watched it because there was nothing else on at the time and was not enthusiastic about it but once it started I got really involved watching it and it is now my favorite film of all times. I cried the first time I saw it and every other time afterwards too (and those are many! ) Maybe you know it too. It is Revenge with kevin Costner and Anthony Quinn.
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@much2say (34688)
• United States
14 Jan
@mysdianait I've never seen that one! I'll have to check it out . . . I do like Kevin Costner! Last weekend we saw "Trolls" - yes, that colorful eye candy cupcakes and unicorns trolly kids movie. I figured it was another "kiddie" you-know-how-it-will-be movie . . . and can you believe I actually teared up in a couple scenes? Silly me . . . must be getting too emotional with age . Oh this makes me think of my sister's late cat . . . the kitty's face (a "she") looked like Keven Costner!
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• China
9 Jan
The " Children's Court " signs in itself are ambiguously worded, You can construe it as both courtyard and courthouse.On the other hand,subconsciously you hoped that it was a children's courtyard,because how you want to find one more great place for kids to play!
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@much2say (34688)
• United States
9 Jan
Our freeways do have signs that point out places of interest . . . so naturally I assumed this place was a "fun" place of interest - but I assumed wrong! Yes, when I see the words "children" and "court", I do think of a court-yard . . . as in a space where children can play. You are right I always have the kids in mind . . . but well, I guess this is one place I won't even think to take the kids anymore .
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• China
10 Jan
@much2say Yes, it is better to keep away from that sort of place that is no way a kids' paradise.I am glad to learn that your daughter now takes art class.
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@much2say (34688)
• United States
13 Jan
@changjiangzhibin89 My daughter got identified as "gifted" in the arts 2 years ago. She had to audition for 3 hours - and she passed! Now she is eligible to take free art class (through the school district but at a college location that's a bit far for us) every Saturday until she graduates from high school - and it's possible she could get a scholarship if she stays that long. We shall see how it goes!
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@DianneN (57344)
• United States
9 Jan
At least you now know what it is. Lol! I've visited many places that turned out to be disappointing.
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@much2say (34688)
• United States
10 Jan
It sure wasn't the kind of destination I thought it would be! I kinda felt bad . . . although I will never return there, someone else's kids are having to go there.
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@DianneN (57344)
• United States
11 Jan
@much2say That's the spirit!
@teamfreak16 (35323)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
9 Jan
So it led to Juvi. What a letdown!
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@much2say (34688)
• United States
9 Jan
Yah - I don't think I'll be taking my kids there afterall .
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@teamfreak16 (35323)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
9 Jan
@much2say - Let's hope you never have to!
@JudyEv (97300)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Jan
I was thinking 'legal' with your first mention of children's court. At least the walk would have done you good.
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@much2say (34688)
• United States
9 Jan
I guess I never thought of a courthouse for kids . . . I am so serious that a park of some sort was on my mind! And yes, I did get a workout in .
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@jaboUK (50134)
• United Kingdom
8 Jan
Lol - I would have expected exactly what you found there!
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@much2say (34688)
• United States
9 Jan
I don't know why I didn't think of the right "court" . . . I was really thinking of a court-yard!
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@katsmeow1213 (28845)
• United States
8 Jan
What a shocking revelation. I would probably have looked it up online to see what it was. Hope it was at least a nice day for the walk.
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@much2say (34688)
• United States
9 Jan
I usually do look these things up online, but I figured since I was so close, might as well check it out for myself. And well, I guess I won't need to check it out anymore . It was a nice walk!
• Jacksonville, Florida
8 Jan
Not quite the same thing as your example but with Aunt Mary living with us I was picturing something totally different before she actually came. I thought she would love the kids, I thought she would want to babysit for us now and then and I thought she would be really grateful for a place to stay. I cannot believe how wrong I was about all of it!
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@much2say (34688)
• United States
9 Jan
Ah yes, it can be that way with people as well! Aunt Mary turned out to be something else, didn't she ?
@amadeo (46319)
• United States
8 Jan
never heard of this show.Then again I do not watch any shows like Judge Judy and more.They bore me.LOL
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@much2say (34688)
• United States
9 Jan
Well this wasn't a show, it was an actual Children's Court! I didn't even know such a place existed . . . now I know!
@DWDavis (11147)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
8 Jan
At least you got a nice walk out of the deal. I remember when I first went to college up in New Hampshire I saw a sign for Laconia State School and wondered if it was a local community college campus. When I finally learned what it was, turns out it was a state sponsored school for special needs children.
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@much2say (34688)
• United States
9 Jan
Yep - I did get some fresh air (even though I was so close to the freeways) and a good work out! Ah, with that college name, I would have assumed it was a community college as well!!
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@Corbin5 (79022)
• United States
8 Jan
Kind of wish you had happened upon a lovely children's courtyard rather than a place that handles juvenile cases. I am sure many times in my life, I happened upon something that did not turn out to be what I thought.
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@much2say (34688)
• United States
9 Jan
I know, I too wished it was a happy place for children to go to. I can't believe that I had assumed all this time that that's what it was.
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@masood72 (4173)
• Amersfoort, Netherlands
8 Jan
yes it happened sometime...
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@much2say (34688)
• United States
9 Jan
I still cannot believe I had made such an assumption!
@Tampa_girl7 (21343)
• United States
13 Jan
Yes, this has happened a time or two.
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• Preston, England
10 Jan
I was picturing a Children Of The Corn court house presided over by children condeming adults for saying no to ice cream or making the children do homework