Thursday, October 24, 2013
Frank and I are having a few friends over Friday night to celebrate his bar results, so last night I found myself cleaning the apartment while he went to a church meeting (which I very happily skipped in favor of cleaning. I like volunteering at church, but I hate long meetings).
First I did the dishes, then reorganized the mantelpiece, and finally turned my attention to the living room rug.
The living room rug, a holdover from Frank's bachelor days, is black, and it shows dirt like you wouldn't believe. The only thing worse is the white rug in our bathroom that looks dingy just seconds after coming out of the laundry. We've made a pact to never again buy rugs in white or black.
I pulled out the vacuum and gave the rug a thorough once-over. The vacuum is also a leftover from Frank's former life, and it's pretty decrepit. In fact, it leaves streaks on the rug in its wake. So after vacuuming, I pulled out the lint roller and got to work lint-rolling the remaining streaks out of the rug.
An old friend from high school called while I was working, so we talked on the phone while I carried on. Lint-rolling is not the most strenuous of tasks—definitely not too strenuous for a phone conversation. :)
The talk turned to fun times we had in high school, and my friend asked if I ever missed those days.
"I can't say that I do," I said. "High school was fine, and college was fine. But these days, right now, are the best of all."
I had to laugh as I said those words while sitting on the floor, lint roller in hand. But it was so very true.
Someday I will look back and miss the days when we had to lint-roll the carpet after vacuuming it. I'll miss the days when we lived in the tiniest of apartments, when we didn't have a dishwasher and had to do all the dishes by hand, when it was just the two of us getting to know each other better and figuring out this marriage thing day by day.
I have to say, life right now is so very, very good.