"What a traditional woman did that made her home warm and alive was not dusting and laundry . . .Her real secret was that she identified herself with her home . . .Then her affection was in the soft sofa cushions, clean linens, and good meals; her memory in well-stocked storeroom cabinets and the pantry; her intelligence in the order and healthfulness of her home; her good humor in its light and air. She lived her life not only through her body, but through the house as an extension of her body . . ."
Cheryl Mendelson, "Home Comforts"