Per our discussion (or, my soliloquy, as might be a more accurate description), I began the Quest for the Meaning of Housekeeping by looking up quotes on cleaning. Surely someone, somewhere has been on this Quest before me and has arrived at a meaningful conclusion.
When your dreams turn to dust, vacuum. ~Author Unknown
Cleanliness is next to impossible. ~Author Unknown
Housework, if it is done right, can kill you. ~John Skow
Or, maybe not.
I turned my attention to that Fruit of the Spirit that didn’t make it onto the official list: perseverance. Housekeeping takes a great deal of perseverance, I’d say. Here are the sages on perseverance–
One may go a long way after one is tired. ~French Proverb
Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. ~Newt Gingrich
This was not going so well. Perseverance seems to be more victory oriented in common lore (and victory is definitely not related to housekeeping, which is the ultimate endeavor in ad infinitum. It is the ultimate Song That Never Ends.
Okay, so what about endurance? That seems to be more … enduring.
By bravely enduring it, an evil which cannot be avoided is overcome. -Proverb
What can’t be cured, must be endured. -Proverb
This does not bode well for my Quest.