Thursday, February 14, 2008

Are you a Good Wife?

The following has been floating around the internet and discussed on talk radio. There are a lot of questions about its authenticity, although it supposedly came from a magazine. Either way, I thought it was worth posting here.

The Good Wife's Guide
From Housekeeping Monthly, 13 May, 1955.View the original article as a graphic
*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 be thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they get home and the prospect of a good meal 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. Run a dustcloth over the tables.

*During 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 to his comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction.

*Minimize all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer or vacuum. 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.

*Don't greet him with complaints and problems.

*Don't complain if he's late for dinner or even if he stays out all night. Count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through at work.

*Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or lie him 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.

I'm a terrible wife.
I had no idea that "catering to my husbands comfort" would provide me with "immense personal satisfaction". No wonder I've felt so empty all these years. Apparently all I needed to do is clean more, talk less, and put on a little extra makeup. Or "put a ribbon" in my hair.


Sarah12730 said...

I suppose I'm also pretty horrible. Of course, I've only recently reverted to my womanly roots and decided to take on the care of our home exclusively. Perhaps, in time, I will become a more desirable wife.

Tammie said...

ha ha ha...good luck with that.

BloomingAlmond said...

maybe this is why my relationship is going down the drain... i really am a terrible wife :x

Tammie said...

oh no, is your relationship really going down the drain?!

but yeah, i suck too!

BloomingAlmond said...

yeah... the thing is it really is going down the drain... that's why i'm so sad lately... and it sucks.... it really really sucks :x