so glad I was born too late for this!

I got this in an e-mail (a forward of a forward) and simply HAD to put it up for all to enjoy :)

The following is taken from a May 1955 issue of Housekeeping Monthly.


-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.

-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 dishcloth 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. 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.

-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 tranquility 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 for dinner or even if he's 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 a warm drink ready for him.

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

-Don't ask him questions about his actions or question his judgment 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.

As for my two cents:

Well, now I know why the divorce rate is so high in this country. It's because all you married ladies are forgetting to put a fresh ribbon in your hair before your husband comes home. Shame on you!

I can also see clearly now, that the reason I'm not married is because I'm not willing to take my husband's shoes off for him -- unless both his arms are broken (and even then, he better slip me a five spot for each foot - oh silly me, I forgot, slaves don't get tips!).

BTW, it's never a good sign when the article has to remind you to BE HAPPY TO SEE HIM. If you're unhappy when your husband comes home, I suspect you've got problems too big to be handled by running a dishcloth over the tables.

And as for phrases like: 'You have no right to question him' and 'A good wife knows her place' ... I'm so sorry but I'm too busy vomiting to be able to type my sentiments :P


b. said...

It's ALL about balance, Lu....all about balance, Cjane wrote a very interesting post on this type of thing. If I knew how to link I would link you to it, dammit! This 'Good Wife' guide really is a bit of a joke......BUT, there is something to putting aside your hangups with servitude and just serving EACH OTHER because it works.....genuine kindness and the old fashioned golden rule works really well in marriage. Believe me, I found that out the hard way!

LuluBunny said...

Oh don't misunderstand me b. I'm all about balance (and kindness for that matter) - that, in fact, is my ENTIRE problem with this article .. how very OUT of balance it is :)

I don't usually read CJane's blog. Wait, that didn't come out right at all. She's a friend of an old friend of mine (which is to say I don't know her at all) - so when I say I don't read her blog very often it's not anything personal, it's just logistics, if you will, LOL.

But I will check it out for sure, and try to find the post you mentioned. But for now, I'm off to bed :)

b. said...

I don't know her at all, and actually stumbled across her from here!! Just another great writer....I love naturally funny people. And also those who make you go "...hhhhmmmmm..."
Speaking of stumbling across blogs and also Marie Osmond.....have you seen her daughters myspace blog? Holy shit!! Has that kid got issues!

Andrew said...

I had a good laugh over your "one brave thing" picture ... though I'm not sure that's the thing I would choose to do :o)

To Love, Honor and Dismay

LuluBunny said...

oh b. you must give me linkage to that page (or some clue as to how to find it) it sounds so lovely and juicy, LOL:)

hi andrew - glad you enjoyed the pic :)

La Yen said...

Yeah. I need a wife.

LuluBunny said...

LOL - La yen, you took the words right outta my mouth! :)

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