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The Guide - Printed Text
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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. Good Advice

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. Nothing wrong with caring about your appearance

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 house just before your husband arrives.

Gather up schoolbooks, toys, paper etc and then run a dustcloth 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.

Coming home to a clean house is much, much nicer than to a piggy mess, I can attest to that! Nice touch with the fire...  

HOUSEKEEPING MONTHLY, 13 MAY 1955

The good wife's guide

 

 

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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. Well, at least untie them and let them out of the broom closet... They are little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part. Minimize all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet. Ok, still good advice here...

Be happy to see him. You did marry him after all!

Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him. He's worked hard all day and a friendly face is much appreciated!

Listen to him. You may have a dozen important things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Come on, give the guy a few minutes to relax already! Let him talk first - remember his topics of conversation are more important that yours. U-Turn! The author has just finished his 3rd martini and is now just pissed off at his first wife who threw him out after catching him with the babysitter.

Make the evening his. Never complain if he comes home late or goes out to dinner, or other places of entertainment without you. Just poured himself another double, didn't bother with the olive! 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 tranquillity where your husband can renew himself in body and spirit. Has started repeating himself and slurring his words!

Don't greet him with complaints and problems. Again some good advice! Who wants that? 

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. Completely delusional, at this point the bartender won't even listen to him!

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. Getting ready to pass out on the sidewalk!

Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice. Police just showed up!

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 excercise his will with fairness and truthfulness. You have no right to question him. Excellent advice when dealing with law enforcement!

A good wife always knows her place. Which is far, far away from this guy!


 
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