I AIN’T MARCHING ANYMORE

Am I the only person in this country to have never worn a uniform? I never competed in sports … except as a bench-warmer for the high school swimming team. They didn’t have uniforms. I don’t think the team was good enough to compete anywhere.

I wasn’t in the marching band or any kind of military or nearly military group. I went to standard state schools through high school — so no uniforms there — and a private college. No uniforms there, either. I haven’t even worn a costume for a play.

If I want to look at uniform in another way, I don’t think I ever did anything in a “uniform way” either. I was always too young to do what everyone else was doing when I was a kid. I never followed the main stream in anything and it wasn’t because I didn’t want to, but because I wasn’t the kind of kid that got swept up by friends. I never joined a party except the Democrats … and they are such a fragmented bunch … no uniforms. Nothing even organized, much less uniform.

I suppose getting together with friends and (briefly) wearing our Serendipity shirts is almost like a uniform. Does baseball gear count too?

So, I’ve never marched and now that I’m 70. I have trouble walking, much less marching, I guess it isn’t going to happen. Not they I ever had a secret yen to become a marcher. Okay, I admit, a marching band was a cool idea, but as a pianist, that didn’t seem likely.

My husband joined the Marine Corps. That probably counts double, so I can claim secondary rights as someone married to someone who joined the Marine Corps. Β Semper Fi!

46 thoughts on “I AIN’T MARCHING ANYMORE

  1. Uniforms — High School Cross Country Team. I cudda beat Tom Courtenay in the long distance run.
    USMC — My summer fatigues still look good almost 60 years later. S/F
    NCIS — I got everything and am ready to roll, Boss.
    Red Sox — Caps, T shirts, sweat shirts and hoodies. I can giver you a southpaw arm in the
    late innings. My curve ball is still wicked.
    Patriots — Use me as a decoy on Brady’s “hail Mary” toss.

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  3. No-one really asked if I wanted a uniform, it was the process of being in an british grammar school. Today my uniform is comforable trousers and a t-shirt, flat shoes, and a cane – what more could you want.

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  4. when I was 7 I was a brownie scout. I LOVED being able to wear that to school on scout nights. Don’t think I’ve ever worn a uniform since, and never minded at all.

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  5. I had to wear a tunic in public school and a uniform in high school – once more I was in a marching band (Queen’s Own Rifles) and had to wear a uniform for that. I’m all uniformed out.
    Leslie

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  6. I used to snicker at the ROTC guys in College. Believe they wore their uniforms often just to impress people.

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  7. I never marched anywhere and am pretty sure it’s not going to happen before I’m out of here. πŸ™‚ But, I’ve worn a uniform for lots of years. For K-8, there was the navy blue jumper with belt, white blouse with round collar, red clip on tie, blue beanie, and navy blue socks. Quite a visual. Then 9-12, there was the pleated wool red plaid skirt, white blouse, and gray blazer. That was a little better. Now my idea of a uniform is comfortable shoes, jeans, and a cotton shirt that doesn’t require ironing. πŸ™‚

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    • NY city schools don’t have uniforms and I didn’t do private school. Of band. Or military. So not only am I not marching anymore, I never marched in the first place. But I did picket. That’ must count too.

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  8. We were brownies for a hot minute when we were about 6 or 7. And we were adorable in our little brownie uniforms — identical twins. We sold a lot of cookies. But that’s the extent of my uniform wearing ways. I walked for NAMI twice, but I’m not good at fund raising so I just walked for the heck of it. One more face in the crowd.

    Other than that, I’m not one for marching either. I’m too old and too broken.

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  9. I would guess the only uniforms I ever wore were in Little League soccer and baseball, which made up 8 summers of my youth. While there is a certain color shirt I have to wear for work (and for a brief time, a certain color of pants), I don’t consider my Mecca attire to be a uniform. I think the only time I’ve even worn a shirt with any kind of lettering or design on it in the past 30 years was when I wore a baseball T-shirt to my stress test in 2014. I don’t wear tees as a rule because my neck prefers the open collar of polos…

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    • Garry wears Dodgers (Brooklyn) and Red Sox tees, and sometimes, Serendipity and yours. But I don’t think you could call them uniforms, just statements of preference. He does dearly love baseball. I suppose he could wear Patriot’s stuff, but he’s not that into football or anything. Just baseball πŸ™‚

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