An affair to remember

I’m just going to warn you now … I’ve had an epiphany and I feel like waxing poetic about it. It’s marvelous, satisfying and refreshing. Are you ready?

I had my carpet cleaned.

I know. It’s not the most interesting thing to write about. You’ve probably had your carpets cleaned, too. But I’m in a state of euphoria over the state of affairs in my living room. Want to know why? Good. I’ll tell you!

It all began when I started removing furniture from the room. Oh, and toys. And … stuff. The room was empty, or nearly so. And then …

This wonderful man showed up with tools and hoses and cleaners with lovely smells. And while he was scrubbing my stained and soiled carpet into sparkling submission, my entire house was refreshed. I no longer smelled children or the dog or the bacon Farmguy made for breakfast. The rotten banana peel I discovered under the couch lost its potency. The barn boots lined up by the back door ceased to offend my sensibilities.

The entire house smelled good. And when he was finished, so did my carpet. My lovely, creamy, not-so-practical carpet. And after he left, I actually put on socks to walk in the room, because my feet are used to going bare and who knows if they’ll leach dirt into the clean carpet.

I  stood in the middle of my empty, sanitized space and marveled. No children. No furniture. No stuff. Just me and the pristine carpet. Do you think I could keep it this way? Keep the room blocked off so I can have one room that is kid-free, dog-free, people-free and clutter-free? A haven to enter when the rest of the world and its debris threatens to overtake me?

Yeah. I guess not.

At least we had that one night together, my room and I … while the carpet dried.

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    Going Jane September 28, 2011 (6:52 am)

    I SOOOOO need my carpet cleaned…I guess I’m goign to have to settle for shampoosing it myself tomorrow…

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    Shelly@PrairieMoonQuilts September 28, 2011 (7:01 am)

    Yeh, it’s a nice dream, isn’t it? That it might stay that way? Not likely on a farm. I’m on a mission to ban carpeting from our entire ranch shack. Two rooms left to go. There’s just no way to keep it clean, and we dare not go barefoot in here!

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    Sal September 28, 2011 (10:02 am)

    Just reading this made me take a close look at the carpet around here… not sure I would go barefoot here either, and not because it is clean. The thought of cleaning it myself makes me shudder. Housecleaning is sooooooo not fun. Mom’s coming for a visit next week so guess what’s on the agenda before then? THE not fun job!
    Enjoy your clean carpet!

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    MAC September 28, 2011 (9:20 pm)

    The carpet cleaning fairy visited us this week too . . . unfortunately because the toilet overflowed while I was gone soaking two bedrooms, the hallway and the basement. Now just need to get the vinyl floor replaced in the bathroom. UGH!

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    Farmgirl September 28, 2011 (9:35 pm)

    Uggh, MAC! That’s horrendous! But hey … maybe it’s a good excuse to upgrade or something! Kind of like when I blamed puke as the excuse to rip up bathroom carpet and install vinyl flooring! 🙂