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.





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