Saturday, September 26, 2009

Guest Post: How To Be A Good Wife

Hello out there to all of Tracy's regular viewers! Today's post is brought to you by moi, Mrs. EyeCanSee over at The Juice is Worth the Squeeze. I am so excited to be guest posting for the first time while Mrs. TL is off getting hitched!! I felt in only right as a seasoned wife of 8 months, I pass along the rules of marriage to the new Mrs! These fantastic guidleines come to you straight from 1955.
The first week I was dating my hubs, he brought this list to my place and hung it prominently on the fridge. I should have taken it as a sign and run for the hills, but instead I got a good chuckle out of it and it stayed on my fridge for years. Certainly makes me glad I wasn't a wife of the 50's, cause I would have never survived! I would have been one of those woman with "loose morals" who smoke and drank with the best of 'em! High heels and pearls on a daily basis?? No thanks!
How to be a good Wife
May 13, 1955
  • 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.

    Ian & Jess said...

    HA - Wow. I can't believe that. It is a good thing we train our husbands now-a-days :)

    Kristen said...

    Ha ha haha... this list is hysterical!!

    Kelsey @ Seattle Smith's said...

    My hubby and I read this before and though it was hilarious!!!!! Make him comfortable, haha ya right :)

    Ashley said...

    Wowers!! Oh to be a wife in the fifties...not for me! :) How exciting for you to be doing a guest post!!! :) I can't wait to see the wedding pics. of the soon to be mrs.

    Ali said...

    Oooh boy, that is hilarious!

    Unknown said...

    Just hilarious....oh my goodness!

    Bree said...

    haha i was at a bridal shower today and every so often, one of the bridesmaids would get up and read one of these little 'charming' pieces of advice of lol ya, right

    Jen said...

    This is hilarious! I love "minimize all noise" haha

    brooke said...

    dude...i would have been a spinster to say the least...i'm just sayin...

    Sierra said...

    Nice, this was great! Lol!

    Gerri Ward said...

    OMG! I'm solely without words just LAUGHTER!!!:)

    Unknown said...

    I'm a seasoned wife of 6 years. Some of this stuff is a little outrageous, like the master of the house thing, and not questioning him, blah blah blah. But the rest of it, is actually good advice. He's your husband, you love him. That's the way you acted when you were dating, why not act like that after you're married? Didn't you want to look your best when you were dating him, do nice things for him? Make him feel like he was your world? That stuff should never end. That's how a marriage stays strong. You can be sure he'll want to come home to a wife who looks hot, is interested in him, and makes home a happy place to be. I can tell you, you won't have to worry about your needs. You love your man right, and he will take care of you. I'm good to my husband, and he's good to me. Six years, and three kids later. I still clean up, and put on some make-up for him. He's the one I want to look hot for... and let me tell you, it's bliss. He brings me roses home from work, let's me shop and buy clothes when I want to, encourages me to get my hair done, takes me out on dates, watches the kids so I can take classes at night... do you see where I'm going with this? Love your man, and he will love you too. That's the BEST way to get what you want... a loving HAPPY marriage. :-) Congrats Tracy. Sorry for the novel!

    CHRISTINE said..., honor, and obey