Thursday, October 24, 2013

Newlywed life

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.


  1. I love every word of this. These newlywed days are treasures. ♥

  2. Love this post. This is so sweet and such a perfect representation of the joys of building a life together in the early days of marriage. It's awesome that you're stopping to take notice :)

  3. So, so, so true! And we don't have a dishwasher either, haha. ;)

    1. Nice! Solidarity. :)

      As much as I hated not having a dishwasher at first, lately it's forced me to get really good at keeping the kitchen clean (of course, knock on wood...). So I like to think it's making me a better person, one dirty dish at a time.

  4. Love this, Tess! And we've never had a dishwasher either. ;)

  5. This is darling & uplifting. (I'm following suit with the other commenters---there are 12 at our house & guess what, no dishwasher. ;) )

    1. Thanks Mariah! Wow, that really IS impressive. Who knows, maybe Frank and I never will have a dishwasher! But hopefully then we will have a few more helping hands around the house, as your family does. :)