Commode To Joy

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Human Highlights & Sunday Traditions

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.


Human Moment: I spent a good chunk of this week sleeping and shaking off the dregs of anesthesia. I woke up yesterday morning feeling great, and then quickly succumbed to tears upon realizing that though I felt strong, I wasn’t quite ready to take on my usual responsibilities.

True to form, I processed what caused my upset while writing the installment Key Ingredients to Healing from Surgery. With my humanness expressed (literally and metaphorically), I moved on and had a great rest of the day.

That’s the point of acknowledging your Human Moments. Bottle them up and they fester. Let them surface and they tend to go away.


Highlight: Holding my little boy.

It started with hugs before bedtime as he carefully avoided my tender belly.

Bedtime Hugs

Bedtime Hugs

It graduated to a few precious lap sits.

Yesterday morning was the first such time all week. I thought it’d be a sentimental moment. Nope. Miller made it comical. Once on my lap, he curled up pretending to be a kitty cat. “Meow meow.”

“Oh, what a sweet kitty cat,” I purred, petting him.

Deciding to give me a kiss, he uprighted himself and licked me, because that’s how cats give kisses, of course.


“Kitty cat kisses.”

Apparently the Miller Cat licks noses. He did it about five times before I booted him from my lap. My highlight turned into my human moment shortly thereafter.


Enjoyment: “Take care of your things and they’ll last longer,” numerous family members told me when I was little. Two weeks ago I finally changed out my winter shoes for spring/summer ones. With that old adage in mind, I set aside my favorite pair of leather boots to shine before storing them.

This morning, with boots, rag, and wax laid out, a childhood memory greeted me.

My dad owned one pair of “Sunday Shoes”, black and tasseled. He wore them to church, weddings, funerals, etc. Every Sunday afternoon he sat on the living room floor with a wax kit and polished his nicest shoes before putting them away.

Using the same brand of wax Dad religiously used, there I sat, performing one of his Sunday traditions. I paused to appreciate the moment and decided to share it here, on Human Highlights – my Sunday tradition.

I don’t have shoe shining down to a science like Dad, nor do I shine mine as frequently – thanks to steadfastness, his Sunday Shoes lasted twenty years. However, I am hopeful that by taking care of this pair of boots, they’ll last for years to come.


Sunday Shoe Shine


The same can be said for us – take care of yourself and you’ll last longer. So I’m going to hit “publish” and curl up on the couch for the remainder of the ever-sacred Nap Time.

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

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