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What has surprised you about your life? Explore stories told by people across America about what they never expected. 

I never expected that I would ever leave the burbs of Chicago or get married and have a family life of my own. But I did both. On a whim I moved to Washington DC where I met the love of my life, my wife of...
I never expected to live in America. Hell, I scarcely expected even to visit. I wasn't among the tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to breath free for whom America represents aspiration, refuge, or a second chance. That immigrant experience, which forms a fundamental part...
I never expected ... Can you imagine picking out a casket for your 9-year-old. No! No! No! This could not be. I had to touch his face in the coffin to make sure it was not warm. And trying to stand upright while walking down the...
I never expected to find my niece. My sister Nancy had a baby in 1977 but only my mother and sister knew about her. Nancy put the baby up for adoption and was told by my mother that she was never to talk about it again...
I never expected that I would call Orlando Florida my home. On September 2017 hurricane Maria made it's way through Puerto Rico. A time of great sorrow gave me the motivation to make a life changing decision. I packed my life in suitcases, got on a...
I never expected to be a parent to special needs children.
I never expected to head coach the New Mexico AA High school f oot-
ball champions of 1976. At McCurdy School, a United Methodists program,
Not only did Spanish kids suit up for the game but some Native American well as Anglo and African American youth...
I never expected I woke one day into a World giving all living life an eternity of possibilities. we wake up an individual camera shot into a perceived reality. what I know is endless possibilities to imagine and create beautiful balance and we speak and truly...
I never expected to be boarding a train in Thailand at 5 a.m. What I didn't think about was the fact that I don't speak Thai. So, a train shows up and I dilly dally...is it my train, etc. Then I move down to the train...but...