Folding laundry was often children’s work, and the tedious minutes we spent poring over socks appear in retrospect to have stretched out over several decades.
Because it saves energy. This is the usual reason, though I give it only a cursory nod. Because sunlight on your face first thing in the morning is always a cause for joy. Because if you didn’t scrub a stain adequately and find it persisted through washing, you have another chance at it next week. […]