Human Highlights is a friendly reminder to forgive your human moments, to celebrate the highlights, and to enjoy life’s little lovelies in the interim.
Human Moment: Wednesday, January 11 – My 85-year-old Grandmother stayed at the house during Miller’s nap so I could attend my writing group. On my drive there I met my Great-Great Aunt on the road. She’s 6 months older than Grandma Alice and was headed to my house so they could visit.
During my drive I marveled at how I still have both grandmothers who both live on their respective farms; how I could call either of them to sit at the house during Miller’s nap and they’d probably be willing to do so. I was feeling all warm and fuzzy and grateful as I parked my car and walked inside the coffee shop where my group meets.
My phone rang. It was my husband. Our security company called him. The alarm at our house was tripped, and they couldn’t override it for us. I had forgotten to deactivate it in preparation for Aunt Doris’ arrival (human moment), and it went off when Grandma opened the door for her to come in.
That means a piercing loud series of high-pitched tones that simultaneously freezes you to the spot and makes your heart race faster than an Indy 500 car was screaming through the house while my Grandma and Great-Great Aunt stood helpless…all during Miller’s nap.
I called Grandma Alice’s cell phone. Off.
Aunt Doris called. I could hear the alarm in the background. By this point it’d been going off for at least five minutes. I gave her the code, which she yelled to Grandma. Silence. They got the alarm off.
I’m pretty sure that alarm episode is better than any heart test the hospital could perform, so Grandma and Aunt Doris’ hearts must be in good shape.
I’m also pretty sure that Grandma will never babysit for me again.
And, if you’re curious, Miller slept through the whole thing.
Highlight: Those five minutes in the car when I marveled at the health and well-being of my Grandmothers. I’m 32 years old and still have them both. I get to see my son interact with his Great-Grandmothers. I can visit either of them at the same homes where I grew up visiting them. They both still drive…and go to church…and go to their hair appointments…and we live close enough to them to visit any time we like. That’s a really big highlight.
Life’s Little Lovelies: At a stoplight yesterday, I got to sit and take in one of the prettiest drives in the world, the entrance to the University of Notre Dame. (If you’re concerned about safety, I was in the passenger seat.)
What are your Human Highlights from the week?