November 16, 2010

Ring by Spring

It seems that a ton of people are getting engaged right now, which is not that surprising because I am a college upperclassman. The people I know are no longer doing that whole one week puppy love thing.

On a side note... what exactly does "Ring by Spring" mean? What spring are they talking about? If there are no limitations on which spring it could be, then technically anyone could follow that saying; they may just have to wait a year for the next spring. I guess traditionally, people graduate in the spring. Although some people graduate in winter, or even in the summer. So I think if we want to be politically correct (which is something I'm DEEPLY concerned about).

This blog is actually not about engagements and happy couples. Well sort of. This is talking about the expectations of wives of the '50s. I found this treasure while facebook stakling someone. I hope they don't read this. That would be awkward.

Supposedly this was in a 1955 article of Housekeeping Monthly, it might be fake, but it's a good representation of how things have changed.

  • 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.

Comments are not necessary for this one. The humor is found within the article. All I have to say is, no wonder the '60s happened.





November 9, 2010

With Every Season...

With the risk of sounding like every other college student out there, I feel like I am in this perpetual state of sleepiness. I am sleeping a regular 6-8 hours every night so I am not entirely sure why. I guess college is just meant to be exhausting, which is probably why the average age of college students is between 18-22 years of age..That and the whole going right out of high school thing. I got my schedule for next semester (three reading, an education, and an elementary music class). I only have a year and a half left and than I have to actually look for a real career. That terrifies me. Okay, this blog is really making me sound like a normal college student, which is something I try to avoid at all costs. Wait.... wanting to be different than everyone else is what everyone else is trying to do too! Oh no!! I am actually normal?! What has college done to me?

After I graduate from college, I will no longer be dependent on my parents. At all and that terrifies me as well. Okay, as I am typing this I realize that there is a verse that covers all of this anxiousness I am feeling. So before I carry on....
Matthew 6: 25-34
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Sometimes I get annoyed when people throw bible verses at me. (You aren't allowed to get offended, this is my blog...I say what I want and I want to be honest).  I appreciate the thought because verses can really help but it is also good to talk about what you are going through.

Basically, I read this verse, and I have read it before, but I need to really believe it. I believe what it says is true but actually applying it to my life is the difficult part. I am on the verge/ have been in the midst of a whole lot of change. If you know me at all, you know that I appreciate the consistency in my life and I struggle every time there is change. So it is something I need to pray about/ need prayer on- being content wherever God puts me.

November 3, 2010

Advice from 4th graders

Last year a graduate from Hardin-Simmons who now teaches at Wylie had her students become pen pals with some college students. It was a big hit so she is doing it again and my reading class got chosen. So here are four letters filled with advice from Wylie fourth graders (no editing will be added). 

Dear Future Teacher,

When you are a teacher I hope you are nice to your studetns like our teacher is. I don't think you should give homework on Wednesdays. I think that you shold make learning fun like instead of paper use dry erase boardsto save trees, and it's fun. I also think that if you are teaching for 4th grade you should make recess for 30 min instead of 20 min. I hope you will be a lot like our teachers. You have to have an open mind. I think you should teach science because I think your students will not be bored.
Your friend,

Dear future teacher,

Hi. I love to write letters. I have blond hair and I have Blue eyes. My favorite color is lime green. I think if you want to be a teacher you should be creative, fun, and nice. You should give homework that isn't that hard though. Try to be so so nice and fun. I hope you will be a great teacher! If a teacher was not nice I would not like it. In my class we have 22 students! Make your room fun and your students will like your roo alot. I love teachers that are nice. When I grow up I hope I can be a teacher! My teacher is very nice. Her name is Mrs. Smith.

Dear Future Teacher,

Here are something you would need to know about teaching. First you need to decide what grade you want to teach. If you are giong to teach a grade with two class or more class you have to choose what you want to teach. You can teach Language arts, Science, Spelling, Writing, Math, Reading, and Social studies. I am in 4th grade and my home room is Language Arts, Science, spelling, and writing. Then my second class is Math. Then my last class is reading and social studies. You also need a class room theme. You also need to pick what school you are goign to teach at. Here are some room themes Dots and animals. there is some theme but I don't want to write that many things.

Your Pal,

Dear Future Teacher,

Whut is it like at colige. i bet it is hard rele hard. how many students (?) you have. do you want some adzice if they gret loude turn off the fights then wait. pass out home work if you get a pramethian do a lot of fun things on it

your frinde,

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