1.23.2006

Her Place

I re-found this article courtesy of The Happy Housewife, but I first saw it back during my college days in a Communication Studies textbook. It's no joke. Let us harken back to a time when women were gay and interesting, children were little treasures, and men were incapable of removing their own foot gear.

...from 'Good Housekeeping Magazine', 13th May 1955

THE GOOD WIFE'S GUIDE

Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious dinner ready, on time for his return. This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home and the prospect of a good meal (especially his favourite dish) is part of the warm welcome needed.


Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you'll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh-looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people.

Be a little gay and a little more interesting for him. His boring day may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it.

Prepare the children. Take a few minutes to wash the children's hands and faces (if they are small), comb their hair and if necessary change their clothes. They are little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part.

Be happy to see him.

Listen to him. You may have a dozen things to tell him but the moment of is arrival is not the time. Let him talk first - remember, his topics of conversation are more important than yours.
Make the evening his. Never complain if he comes home late, or goes out to dinner or other places of entertainment without you. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure.


Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or have him lie down in the bedroom. have a warm or cool drink ready for him.

Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice.
Don't ask him questions about his actions or question his judgement or integrity. Remember he is the master of the house and as such will always excercise his will with fairness and truthfulness.


You have no right to question him.

A good wife always knows her place.

3 Comments:

Anonymous dad said...

And the problem with this is? You have no right to question me.

8:28 PM  
Blogger Jene said...

HAHAHAHAHA! i think you've shown me this before. "Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh-looking." ??? Kevin is lucky if i shower after the gym before i see him, let alone put on makeup or do my hair.

9:24 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

My mom has this in her english book from the mid 40's, it's on the inside cover!

12:01 PM  

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