Tuesday, September 12, 2006

A funny!...

This is an actual 1955 Good Housekeeping article.  Thanks for sending this to me, Mark!  This is sooooo funny!  I underlined parts that were particularly hysterical.  Enjoy!...

                            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.

* 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 dust cloth 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 the 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.

* 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 or 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 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.


  1. LOL....I have seen this one before....isn't it amazing what 50 years can do?!

  2. LOL aside from not questioning him or complaining I can see attempting to do the list.. hahahaha

  3. ROFL!!!!!! I don't think so! :o)


  5. Well, aint I yearning for the good ole days of yore, with obedient and survile women at my beck and call (cowering in corner, awaiting barrage of vituperation and meanwhile raising sarcasm alert)

  6. Hi Val,

    I was sent this too.  Talk about Stepford Wives...lol! :o)))

    Sandra xxxx

  7. Except for the late stuff or "where were you"......yes, that's what wives of the 50s were like. Unfortunately, I was raised with the start of women's lib, so I worked too and so did many of my friends....So, we were slaves at home, with perfection around the house and perfectly clean little kids..... and a full time job. I weighed 98 pounds. That should tell you how exhuasted I was. It was a lousy time for MARRIED women....in the late 60s and early 70s (when I was married to 1980). The 50s married women, at least, didn't worry about anything but housework, the husband and kids. The  60s and 70s women had that fifties wife "duties" and full time jobs outside the home. I swear I got up at 6 AM and my day didn't end until 2 AM.......EVERY DAY. Saturday, I got to sleep until 9 AM. Whoopee!


  8. That certainly isn't this wife!! LOL

  9. Some MAN was fantasizing when he wrote that!!!  rofl

  10. That's where I went wrong! I never put the ribbons in my hair; no wonder I'm divorced! Jeannette xx  http://journals.aol.co.uk/jlocorriere05/Welcometomytravels

  11. lol  my hubby has mentioned this old article a couple of times...he does it laughingly, but i detect a wistful tone.  lol

  12. UGH!


  13. I've seen that before...really though it sounds like my mom.  Boy have things changed ! Perhaps the world would be a better place if mom was still home cleaning & baking cookies...I guess we'll never know.    Linda in Washington    

  14. I thought those days were wonderful. That's how it was when I grew up.  I got married and stayed at home in the 60;s.  I thank GOD I was able to stay home with my son before he went to school.  Maybe some people felt like a slave, but I felt wonderful, I had a great husband and a wonderful son.   IU worked hard on the  house and all all day, but I slept good at night.  My sons  memories of growing up are almost as good as mine.   My husband and I have been married 44+ years.  We have had some rought times, but with love we made it.

    Yeah, I think the world was a better place then.

  15. Thank goodness women have come so far that they dont have a master of the house all the time. I do think this sort of submissive thinking is totally revolting. I think its great when a woman or a man can stay home and take care of things there if she or he chooses. I dont think however that means they should be enslaved and wait on their spouse hand and foot while the person that works outside the home gets to be some sort of royalty. I'm sure in many ways the person that stays at home and cares for the kids has a much tougher job and should be waited on when their husband gets home. :)~

  16. Yeah, right. LOL
    Have a great Wednesday! Barb

  17. LOL ut oh ... most of those sound perfectly normal to me lol o dear ... not a feminist I guess.  But my dear Mom could've used these guidlines, wish she had!  Good one sis!  xoxo CATHY

  18. Very funny!  How times seem to change.


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