Not What I Expected!

This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday.  Write for five minutes on a one word prompt.  The prompt today is “expect.”  Also linking with Glimpses.


Have you ever got into something only to find it’s not what you expected?

10 years ago I moved to a new city and, as I loved music and wanted to find a place to play with others and to meet people, I signed up to join a “wind orchestra.”

Four months in, I was loving it.  The music was varied and challenging, the people were welcoming and a lot of fun and I was glad I’d found this group… but then it took an unexpected turn.

“We’ll have to get you a uniform,” they said.

I was confused; that was not what I’d signed up for.

When the talk of marching practice began, I knew I’d got into something very different from what I had expected.  I didn’t want to wear a uniform and I’d never played in a marching band, nor had any desire to do so.  I thought about quitting, but since I got on well with the people, I thought I might as well give it a try.  I didn’t expect it to be fun!

Over the years I’ve had all kinds of adventures: playing in local gala days while marching through torrential rain, performing in a tattoo with professional bands from 7 other European countries, taking part in the finale of an agricultural show (in other words: marching across the field in the main arena after horses and cattle have been parading round it all day, trying to avoid stepping in anything unpleasant, while still keeping time with the music! 🙂 )

Ten years on, it’s marching band season once again.  As usual with these events, I expect the unexpected, but I expect there will be some laughs and some good music and probably some rain!

And it’s an annual reminder to me to keep an open mind, because sometimes the unexpected can be better than you’d ever have imagined!

Embracing Every Day

27 thoughts on “Not What I Expected!

  1. THIS: “And it’s an annual reminder to me to keep an open mind, because sometimes the unexpected can be better than you’d ever have imagined!” Yes! I’m in the 44 spot this week.

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  2. I got a good chuckle out of that. Playing in band in school I marched in a parade or two but just marching in a line kind of thing, thankfully. I can’t imagine doing that as an adult or your surprise when you discovered you were getting more than you signed up for! Glad it’s all turned out well.

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    1. I’m glad it made you laugh! They eventually admitted that they deliberately didn’t tell me about the marching sooner because they didn’t think I’d stay… and they were right, but they left it just long enough to persuade me to give it a go!

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    1. I’m glad you liked it, Andrew! I honestly don’t have a decent video but I’ll let you know if we get one at any of the events this year!


  3. How fun! I’ve never played in a band at all, but when I was in high school we marched in parades with the JROTC, and it was such fun. Glad that God brings us unexpected surprises in fascinating ways!

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  4. Lesley! I love this! And I love that you’ve stuck with it and let yourself be carried away into the unexpected! (Confession: feeling a little bit jealous! I wanna get my clarinet off the mothballs!)

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  5. Lesley, I love that last line! it says it all. unexpected challenges often into unexpected joys and serendipities don’t they? enjoy your marching band:)

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