Sunday, October 26, 2008

A Good Wife

I thought this was so neat. Taken from a news article from the 1950's this tells about what they thought being a good wife was. I retyped it so it was readable. I really enjoyed it and though I don't think everyone needs to do all the recommended I think it is worth looking at to prepare for our husbands even in 2008 where women give little thought to how the please their husband. I mean can you imagine this being in a newspaper today? It's so sad how far America had come in only 50 years. Hope you enjoy.

1. 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 favorite dish) is part of the warm welcome needed.

2. Prepare yourself. Take 15 minuets 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 had just been with a lot of work-weary people.

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

4. Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives.

5. Gather up schoolbooks, toys, paper, etc and then run a dust cloth over the tables.

6. Over the cooler months of the year you should prepare and light a fire for him to unwind by. Your husband will feel he had 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.

7. Prepare the children. Take a few minuets to wash the children’s hands and faces (if they are small), comb their hair and, if necessary, change their clothes. They are 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, or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet.

8. Be happy to see him.

9. Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him.

10. 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.

11. 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.

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

13. Don’t greet him with complaints and problems.

14. Don’t complain if he’s late home for dinner or even if he stays out all night. Count this as a minor compared to what he might have gone through that day.

15. 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 fro him.

16. Arrange his pillows and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in low, soothing and pleasant voice.

17. Don’t ask him questions about his actions or question his judgment or integrity. Remember, he is master of the house and as such will always exercise his will with truthfulness. You have no right to question him.

18. A good wife always knows her place.


Maiden of Purity said...

Amazing! Wow, uterally true! I see my mom do these acts of love in my home! That's awesome Lydia!

hannah elizabeth said...

wow that really is cool!

Charlie said...

That's nice, but I think many people would say that sounds rather unreasonable.

Britany ; ) said...

Hey Lydia. I haven't talked to you in a while. I think its funny that u blogged about this article. My best friend Matt brought me this once. I was slightly offended by it.

Ay Kay Tay said...

Hey lydia
funny you should blog about something like this. i do not mean that in any kind of mean-ness or anything. i think its funny because the other day in my english class, we had to do a freewrite about the fundamental differences about men and women, and i think i mentioned something like this in it. i think i said something about how men arent the only ones in the work place anymore and women arent the only ones in the home anymore. women arent the only ones cooking and cleaning, and men arent the only ones "bringing home the bacon." i just thought i would mention that.

Lydia said...

I don't think it's offensive at all. I think it's very much along the lines of Mrs. Sherman's columns at LAF. I can see how feminists can point in horror at it, because it goes against their worldview. But that's the beauty.