Human Highlights: The Final Installment

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.

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Human Moment: I’m ending Human Highlights; this is the final installment of the series.

I started it exactly nine months ago, November 13th. At its inception, I didn’t have any idea how long it would run. It felt like the thing to do, so I did it. And, as promised, every Sunday for the past nine months, I’ve posted an installment.

Fitting that it’s run for nine months – like a human gestation period.

I’ll spare you pregnancy/birthing metaphors.

You’re welcome.

It’s been fun, and it’s time to say goodbye. Not the ugly cry kind of goodbye, but the pleasant kind that makes room for new opportunities.

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Highlight: There is a group of moms who lives in my neighborhood/nearby that gets together regularly for playdates. We’ve been meeting for a while now, though my and Miller’s attendance is sketchy at best.

This past week, a special gathering was scheduled for one of our moms/families who is moving out of state. Given the occasion, and that kids and a teacher-mom are still on summer break, we had a huge turnout; only one mother/daughter couldn’t attend.

We started inside with toys, then crafts and snacks before going outside for pictures and more play. Conversation bounces between moms as we weave through rooms looking out for one another’s kids.

There’s something to be said for the women whom you go through mothering with.

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The moms representing sixteen children.

Right now, this is my mom group. It’ll change as our children go to different schools or take up different activities.

Knowing that this stage is temporary, that our kids’ interests are and will be transitory, makes this photo all the more special.

When Miller is bigger than I am, off to college, full-grown, perhaps parenting, this picture will take me back…

to potty training and sleep schedules…

to regularly discussing when and where we’d be sending our children to preschools…

to Kim who first organized these gatherings and Ellen who always wears dresses and Holly whom we hugged goodbye.

It’ll take me back to the days when two hours of neighborhood play was a highlight, not just of my day or my week, but of this phase of life.

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Enjoyment: Saying our own temporary goodbye to the Midwest as we board a plane for a Portland vacation.

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As one journey ends, another begins. Thanks for the reads, for sharing in my Human Highlights, and for sharing yours as well.

Always,
Jamie

What are your Human Highlights from the week? Leave one of your moments in the comments below.

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