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Human Highlights: Breakables, Cake, & Playgrounds

Human Highlights is a weekly installment serving as a friendly reminder to forgive (and maybe laugh at) yourself for your human moments, to celebrate the highlights, and to enjoy life’s little lovelies in the interim.

Human Moment: The condo we’re staying in is a step back in time to the early 90s, decorated with a glam grandma flare. In other words, lots of pastels, florals, and knick knacks. You might think I’m poking fun…okay, I am a little bit, but I totally love this place. It feels familiar, homey, and comfortable.

Because we have a 2.5 year old, I went through the condo and put a lot of glass figurines and trinkets on the passthrough ledge between the kitchen and dining area to keep them out of harm’s way. Midweek, during Miller’s nap, I set an unopened water bottle on the ledge. Unbeknownst to me, the bottom of the bottle was dented. As I turned my back to grab my laptop off the table, I heard a huge crash. The bottle, unable to stand on its own, toppled over, knocking a glass goose into the kitchen sink. It’s beak broke off. Damnit.

I could pretend it didn’t happen and hope the owners don’t notice, but that isn’t my style. I’ve let the owners know and offered payment for it. A little grace could have prevented the break. Instead, I’ll use grace to make amends.

Highlight: Thanksgiving Eve, my husband, son, and I stopped at Publix. It was about 9pm, and Miller and I were in the bakery picking out a cupcake for him and a donut for me. A woman behind the counter said, “Are you cooking tomorrow?”

“No, I just get to show up.”

“Well,” she said, “do you like lemon and strawberry?”


“Take this with you. It’s free.” She handed me a cake. The $19.99 tag was crossed out and “NC” was written next to it.


She gave me a free cake for Thanksgiving. But really, I think the gesture was part of a grander scheme with a congratulatory theme. The whole reason we went to Publix was because I wanted a donut to celebrate becoming a published writer, which leads me to a second highlight:

In case you missed the announcement on Facebook and Instagram, I’m officially a published writer and Contributor for the Decatur Magazine. The issue hit mailboxes this past week.

Normally I only share one highlight, but since these recaps are from Thanksgiving week, it seems appropriate to give an extra serving of thanks.

Pictured: We went to the playground for swings and slides. He wound up finding pine cones, chasing squirrels and butterflies, and playing with sand.

I have fun seeing him have fun.

I have fun seeing him have fun.

What are your Human Highlights from the week?

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