why would they see me as more than a "trained monkey"
they knew i was going to be here for 1 year while i decided if i wanted law school, not someone who wanted to make a life out of being a paralegal - they also realize that i have brains between my ears
if i was not a "good paralegal" (equivalent to being a wet puddle - nothing special required) i can only assume i would have been tossed aside instead of being given 2raises and a bonus
So, then clearly, using your above assertions, paralegals do important work. If they did not, then your firm would not have felt it necessary to give you a bonus. I'm sure they did not reward you for your stellar personality, which has been on full display on this thread.
So, to sum up, you have either a) clearly understated the role of paralegals within the framework of the legal profession, or b) indicted yourself as being "a wet puddle." (Is there any other kind of puddle, besides a wet puddle?) Either way, you are a very sad little boy.