"Albert Einstein famously proposed that doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome is the definition of insanity. Oh, really? I doubt the professor ever did much around the house; if he had, he would have known the opposite is true. Domestic life is all about doing things over and over in the same way, with every hope and intention that you'll get the same result, and knowing in your heart of hearts how easily you could get a very different one.
Family life is the heartland of the unknown, and it only takes a
moment for the plates to shatter, the crystal to crack, the bed to
become unmade; the landscape can become foreign terrain in an instant,
the familiar unrecognizable in a heartbeat. And if one is to be found
doing something so ordinary as setting the table or folding the linen,
it is only because such habits are nothing but an effort to establish
bedrock for the seismic changes that so easily can follow." --The drudgery of chores, and the comfort by Akiko Busch in The New York Times, May 18, 2008