Great Expectations

When relaying something bad that happened to me over the weekend, one of my friends replied, “What did you expect?”  Since I had a 3 hour drive ahead of me (alone in the car), I took the time to ponder that question…what DID I expect? The  answers may surprise you. Or if you’re an eternal optimist like me, maybe not.

I expect my friends to tell me the truth, even when it hurts. For my car to start every morning and the sun to come up again tomorrow, no matter how bad today was. To always have a bottle of Reisling in my fridge and for people to say what they mean & mean what they say.

I expect people to be faithful to their spouses, love God & their country, and the Cubs to win a World Series in my lifetime. I expect my brother to make fun of me every time I see him & for the Gamecocks to someday win a national championship in football.  I expect gas prices to fall back under $3 a gallon and Kevin Costner to someday look his age in a sports movie. To see Hawaii in person. To visit all 7 continents. And before I take my last breath, to fall in love again and live happily ever after.

I expect Facebook to not always be free. To find a man who appreciates my passion for fashion as much as my passion for sports. To get ahead by working hard and playing harder. To have my parents with me forever.

So you see how these are some “great expectations” that perhaps everyone doesn’t share with me. But you believe in some of these, right? And you have your own, too? Right? Maybe? Kinda? Just a little…….?


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3 responses to “Great Expectations

  1. What do I expect? For the sun to come up every morning and the moon to shine somewhere on planet earth every night. I expect puppy dog kisses when I put my face up next to its face. I expect a car to let me in when I have my turn signal on to merge. I expect to find a parking spot near the front door of the business where I’m shopping. There are so many things I “expect”, but much more, I’m very “appreciative” when they do happen. I really think before I can receive my expectations, I must first give…


  2. Cindy Burrell

    Without Great Expectations,life would be boring and uneventful! Keep having Great Expectations! Only you can make black smudge look so good!


  3. Dan Benish

    I consider myself a very positive person, but I don’t really expect anything. I know this sounds negative, but it’s not. I, through my many years of living life have come to a few conclusions. First, would be to not to expect anything, this leads to much disappointment because my expectations, if I had them would be too lofty for a positive outcome. Second, expectations are a lot like assumptions and we all know what that means: (you make an ass out of you and me). Third, I rely on Hope. Hope is essential; hope is what makes each day occur. Hope keeps us alive and moving forward. If I could put the word hope where you used the word expect, then I would be on the same page with you.
    I loved your post and all that you said, but I just couldn’t bring myself to be” all in”. Again, I don’t expect anything, but I do hope for “a lot”. As for your friend that posted “what do you expect” to your post about your car getting keyed; I would think that he too was showing his colors and really was not being sensitive to the situation. I don’t mean to put down your friend; I’m just saying that there are ignorant people everywhere and unfortunately one walked by your car with a key.


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