Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

2 smiles, one weekend


I’m a lucky lady, I got to experience two big smiles jammed into one weekend. Plus we are experiencing beautiful weather, warm and sunny with the trees starting to turn color. The morning and evening light makes the trees just glow.

But that’s a different blog post.

My first smile of the weekend was Saturday evening when I got to play in a pop-up concert with some of my Clarkston Community Band mates and several professional musicians who came to fill holes in our orchestration.

The neighbors came out to listen to us play on their cul-de-sac.

We haven’t played together since early March. Many of us haven’t played at all since then, though most of us frantically practiced these past few days trying to get our lips back in shape. The professionals sightread the music and sounded wonderful. I was grateful to get to play with them.

Thankful for these guys coming to help us out.

It was a lovely night and we are reminded again why we play long after school ends. As our Director, Ms. Roland said, tonight we’re not talking about politics or bingewatching silly shows on TV, we’re not thinking about virusus or worried about the future.

ALl about the music.

Tonight it’s about the music. And what a relief that was.

Keeping us in time.

I hope the neighbors who came out of their homes, sat in lawn chairs and waited while we did a little rehearsing before we began, I hope they had as much fun as we did.

Making a big sound.

But I don’t see how they could have had more.

He’s played with us since he was a kid, now grown up and still making music.

Then this morning I did a virtual 5K with my friend Tami who lives in California. So that we could run/walk together she went out at 6 a.m. while it was still dark, and I waited until 9 am. here, an hour or more later than I would normally go out.

At the turn around point.

It was a compromise on both our parts because we wanted to motivate each other. Compromise works, I wish it was something that happened more in our world, but I’m not going there in this post.

Nope, this post is all about smiles. I hope you had something fun to do, or pretty to see, or beautiful to listen to this week.

As we march toward November we all need to remember to smile. And that’s as political as I’m going to get today.

Trombones all in providing the bass sounds.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

34 thoughts on “2 smiles, one weekend

  1. I love all of this post! Thank you for sharing a bright spot in all the turmoil.


  2. Two cool smiles. I’m sure playing was a lot of fun, and even those who haven’t practiced in 6 months still had a great time. The compromise run is also great. I’m weird, I have a hard time running too early. I can do it, but, unless it is hot, I do better in the afternoon. Hope you have a wonderful week 🙂


  3. What a joy this must have been for the neighbors! A great smile, Dawn.


  4. Smiles all around! How wonderful to get together to play music. And a compromise run.. that is just great


  5. Oh, grand! Just grand. I really like the compromise you came up with, and how wonderful to be able to play again.


  6. So many happy people. I’m glad your band was able to get together and that you were able to do your run. Sometimes things are meant to be.


  7. It must have been wonderful to make music again. The first of a series?


  8. Good to find things to smile about. Hope you can smile in Nov.


  9. Thank you for the smile – that makes three (or possibly more) thinking about the music you made and the thought that if we compromise we might get more than we ever imagined. Thank you and have a wonderful week. Peace.


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  11. I’m definitely smiling reading this! How grand, playing with your community band again! Golly, I’d have never thought I’d miss that so much. The neighbors must have been thrilled at hearing live music again, too. And I love the compromise virtual run idea. I don’t want to get political either, but gee, can’t we all just TRY to meet each other part-way?!?


  12. Oh how cool that you were able to play outside like that! (Before the cold weather sets in.) This is so heartwarming. I also admire your virtual run with your friend out West. My daughter did that a couple times, too, running at the same time as her friend here in Michigan. Very nice! You left me smiling.


    • I love playing outside..but usually we can sit closer to each other. The sound is entirely different outside to begin with, much less when we’re far apart. I could pretty much only hear myself. Glad your daughter is able to go for a run with her friend in Michigan!

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  13. How I wish I lived closer. What a treat for all the neighbors!


  14. Dawn, Two great smiles. Playing music and running with friends even from afar. Thanks for sharing. Hope your week is full of smiles.


  15. What wonderful smiles!!! Thanks for sharing, I bet the music was magical!! ❤️


  16. Thanks, Dawn. I needed your smiles this morning.


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