Human Highlights: Missed & Seized Opportunities

Human Highlights is a Sunday tradition at Commode To Joy. It’s a friendly reminder to forgive your human moments, celebrate the highlights, and enjoy life’s little lovelies in the interim.


Human Moment: Lily of the Valley. It might be my most favorite floral fragrance. Mom brought over two plants last year that we dug in the ground. They came up this year and were gloriously fragrant; I went out and sniffed them once. But then I forgot to go back out to cut a few sprigs for the house until four days later when they were past their peek and browning.

Missing that window of opportunity is a small teeny tiny human moment. But doggone it, I sure would’ve liked to have had that fragrance in my home for a solid four days. Until next year…


Highlight: I took a friend down to Saint Louis University for a college visit on Monday. She’s a high school junior, and the visit day was geared specifically for that age group. Once upon a time I was an admission counselor at Millikin University, my alma mater, where I participated in many a college visit day.

It was fun taking a day off from regular responsibilites. It was fun seeing how a different university handled a visit day. It was (shockingly) fun hearing what’s changed with financial aid since I was last in a university setting. It was fun being on a college campus, watching coeds relax in hammocks, touring the grounds, and experiencing the familiar sensations of being tucked in a university bubble. Most of all, it was fun spending the day with a gal who is near and dear to my heart.


Miss Alexis


Life’s Little Lovelies: A sitter came to the house Friday afternoon while Miller napped so I could get my haircut. After the appointment, I had some extra time that I wasn’t sure how to spend. I didn’t have a project I was working on and didn’t feeling like roaming around a store. I really just wanted to sit and veg. My autopilot mind steered into the Olive Garden parking lot. Odd choice, considering we don’t eat there often, but I knew it’d be quiet and I could sit and read my book for a bit before heading back home.

“Would you like a sample of our Roscato?” asked the server.

“Sure.” The word was out of my mouth before I’d really given it thought.

She asked if I’d like a glass, and I declined. I rarely drink. But it did taste so good…

“Ma’am,” I said as she passed by the table. “I would like a glass of that after all, please.”

“It’s good, isn’t it,” she smiled.

For forty-five minutes, I did exactly what I felt like, which included reading my book, texting a friend, and drinking a (partial) glass of wine.

For forty-five minutes, I sat in a booth, ate, drank, and was quite merry.

Cheers to that.


What are your Human Highlights from the week?


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