Housekeeping Monthly 13 May 1955

  1. housekeeping monthly 13 may 1955

    the good wife's guide

    - have dinner ready. plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal 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.

    - clear away the clutter. make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives.

    - gather up schoolbooks, toys, paper etc. and then run a dustcloth over the tables.

    - over the cooler months of the year you should prepare and light a fire for him to unwind by. your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift too. after all, catering for his comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction.

    - 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. minimise all noise. at the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer or vacuum. try to encourage the children to be quiet.

    - be happy to see him.

    - greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him.

    - listen to him. you may have a dozen important things to tell him, but the moment of his 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 and his very real need to be at home and relax.

    - your goal: try to make sure your home is a place of peace, order and tranquillity where your husband can renew himself in body and spirit.

    - don't greet him with complaints and problems.

    - don't complain if he's late home for dinner or even if he stays out all night. count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through that day.

    - make him comfortable. have him lean back in a comfortable chair or have him lie down in the bedroom. have a cool or warm 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 exercise his will with fairness and truthfulness. you have no right to question him.

    - a good wife always knows her place.

    i really like the last one, not!!!
  2. 25 Comments

  3. by   aimeee
    You mean its not that way at your house? ROFL!
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    ahhh for the Leave It To Beaver days.........rofl
  5. by   duckie
    Maybe if both sexes spoiled their spouses like this, there would be less divorces. PLEASE don't stone me to death!!!! Spoiling our mate, makes for a better forever!
  6. by   fab4fan
    This reminds me of that disgusting song, "Wives and Lovers..."

    Hey, little girl, comb your hair, fix your makeup,
    Soon he will open the door,

    Don't think because, there's a ring on your finger,
    You needn't try anymore...

    For wives must always, be lovers too,
    Run to his arms, the moment he, come home to you,
    I'm warning you...

    Courtesy of Burt Bacharach and Hal David
  7. by   deespoohbear

    I won't stone you for your posting. I do agree with you that if more spouses would treat each with respect and kindness, a lot of marriages could be helped. I posted this article because I thought it was funny because of its one-sideness....
  8. by   CATHYW
    deespoohbear-Where oh where is that spoon I use to gag myself with?!? Ugh!

    Actually, I agree that a little more consideration between spouses would be a good thing. Subservience, on the other hand, is best relegated to the past, IMHO!
  9. by   Robin61970
    Man oh man......hubby really tried to work this one.....said he should ahve been going by this book,lol. He would be so bored with a wife like that......and when I tell him that he says well I've never experiencec a wife like that so how would I know........funny.....this may be an experiment when the kids are gone sometime......or not........LOL
  10. by   duckie
    Originally posted by deespoohbear

    I won't stone you for your posting. I do agree with you that if more spouses would treat each with respect and kindness, a lot of marriages could be helped. I posted this article because I thought it was funny because of its one-sideness....

    Thank you for understanding how I meant my post. On the surface my reaction would be....yea right, now you can stop dreaming, but with closer thought, if only everyone did some of these things, all of them are not applicable, then I think couples would feel more loved and cherished, just like their wedding vowels stated. I can honestly say that my DH and I do act like this and that is why after nearly 10 years of marriage, my heart still skips a beat when he walks into the room and I still get that tingle....know what I mean. I would never stay in a one sided relationship this way, no how!!!!! I'm very strong willed and independant BUT when these fellings are mutual, there is nothing I wouldn't do to please my man and he feels the same about me. There is nothing quite like the feeling of being cherished. That is what a perfect world would be like.
  11. by   sharann
    Ok, MY mother frequently feeds me crap like this.
    She treats my dad like he's 2 years old (she may still cut his meat for him). I keep telling her that my husband would drop dead literally if he saw me acting nice and cooking etc...He like me spunky and tempramental. He is used to frozen dinners as well. Prefers them to my cooking...
  12. by   stevierae
    That column was posted at an OR where I was working in San Francisco.

    One of the 20 something (guy) techs, who had been married about a year, wrote this in response:

    The 21st Century Good Wife's Guide:

    When your husband comes home from work:

    --Have food

    --Have beer

    --Wear a smile and nothing else

    I thought that was so cute. BTW, he adores his wife, and she him. They're both doing something right! He probably does those things for her when SHE comes home from work, as well!
    Last edit by stevierae on Oct 22, '02
  13. by   KRVRN
    A good wife always knows her place.

    I like this one. My place is on the couch... while he cooks dinner.
    <rolls eyes violently>

    Um, I didn't see them talking about him coming home and spoiling me with a wicked tongue.

    So, until then, dinner is in a box in the freezer.