Friday, November 19, 2010

disclaimer & backstory: when i started working at my current job i came in on my third day of work to find this copy from a magazine on my desk. no note. no explanation. nothing. obviously i chose not to say anything considering the fact that i was brand new and i had no idea who had left it there in the first place. i was also hoping that it was a joke. at the end of the day, one of the guys i work with came by and told me he was the one i had left i there. and then we got into a lovely discussion regarding male and female roles. i have to admit that over time my own views of the roles i want in my own marriage are changing. that being said, i can say that i would never remove charlie's shoes for him (unless physically he was incapable) and if he came home to the sound of the washing machine and dishwasher i think he should be grateful that some cleaning was going on. i'm sure you've seen this before, its been floating around for years, but regardless, enjoy.

How to be a good wife ...

Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal -- on time. 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 is part of the warm welcome needed.

Prepare yourself. Take fifteen minutes to rest so that you'll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your makeup, 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. His boring day may need a lift.

Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives, gathering up school books, toys, paper, etc. Then run a dust cloth over the tables. your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift, too.

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.

Minimize all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer, dishwasher, or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet. Be happy to see him, greet him with a smile and be glad to see him.

Some don'ts: Don't greet him with problems or complaints. Don't complain if he's late for dinner. Count this as minor compared with what he might have gone through that day. Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or suggest he 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, soft, soothing and pleasant voice. Allow him to relax and unwind.

Listen to him. You may have a dozen things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first.

Make the evening his: never complain if he doest not take you out to dinner or to other places of entertainment. Instead, try to understand his world of strain of pressure, his need to be home and relax.

Your goal: Try to make your home a place of peace and order where your husband can renew himself in body and spirit.

-- Taken from a Home Economics textbook in the 1950s

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