When Diane Dekker Redlegs’s kids were young, she and her husband piled them up in the car, and drove from their home in South Dakota to Nebraska to visit her husband’s relatives. Once there, Redlegs marveled at their magazine-worthy house: the sparkling, neatly organized bedrooms; the huge, clean kitchen; the vacuum lines lingering on the carpet in the dining room.
As a mom of five little ones, Redlegs life was the opposite of organized, and she envied those vacuum lines. “I wanted those things because the everyday struggles of 5 loads of laundry, toys everywhere, mouths to feed, meals to prepare, beds to make were overwhelming to me, and the beauty of a pristine home was something only dreams were made of,” she posted recently on Facebook.
That was 19 years ago. Now when she cleans, the house stays that way. Now SHE has lines on her rugs after she vacuums. “that’s when I realized that vacuum lines are lonely. That Legos and dirty clothes and mouths to feed and backpacks to get ready are sometimes very overwhelming, but they’re never, ever lonely.”
Even though Redlegs appreciates her clean empty nest and full life–as a grandmother, paramedic, wife, and mom–she now realizes that vacuum lines come at a cost, and that the chaotic days of motherhood truly go by so fast!