This is a reprint by request from a friend who said that I have new readers who never saw this. So, here it is...
On May 13, 1955 Good Housekeeping posted an article called "The Good wife" Since I am feeling saucy and quite frankly a bit peeved today, I will now show what was written in 1955 and then give my translation on what it means in 2009. **warning** there is question on Snopes whether this article is real or not, and since I don't know and know of nobody to ask, I am going to post that it MAY or MAY NOT have appeared.
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.
2010-Aim to at least have an idea of what the meal will be, if you cant do this then at the very least have a backup plan of at least three take out menus. Have your speed dial finger ready ladies, he wants to eat in a hurry.. oh the heck with 3 menus.. Dominos delivers in 30 minutes .just call them or order online and track your order.
1955-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.
2010- try not to look like death warmed over, and if you have had a helluva day give him the evil eye and DARE him to say something stupid like "Damn didn't you take a shower today?" as you stand there covered in fresh spit up or god knows what other bodily fluid.
1955-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.
2010-see even in 1955, men wanted two women.. kidding. I know.. it means happy. you try and be happy after 8 hours at home with no adult contact.. Good luck with that one.
1955- 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.
2010- pick up the big messes and hide them in the hamper, go back tomorrow and empty it out while he is at his job. As for the dustcloth, if the dust bunnies are fighting back.. i agree.. do it.
1955-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.
2010- Go back and read a few blogs ago.. a fire is NOT a good idea for him. We have heat.. turn it on..tada.
1955- Minimize all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer or vacuum. Encourage the children to be quiet.
2010- HAHAHAHAHAHA.. encourage them to be quiet. oh thats good. Why should he get quiet when i have had noise all day. Nope Daddy's home.. PARTY on kids.
1955-Be happy to see him.
2010- hand him the baby... and run.. FAR away. Give him "Bonding time" and you go pee..ALONE.. trust me.
1955-Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him.
2010- even if your teeth are gritted.. try and smile.
1955-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.
2010- Can I just say after a long hard day, if he doesn't let me vent first (and i don't mean the coors vent can vent) then i can't promise he will make it to the hot dinner dominos will deliver in 30 minutes.
1955-Don't greet him with complaints and problems.
2010- really then its probably better if he NOT come home.
1955- 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.
2010-I won't complain if he doesnt come home, as long as he doesnt complain when he brings his tail home that all the locks are changed, his stuffs on the front porch, and the dog bites him.
1955- 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.
2010- if hes smart he does this for the wife..
1955- Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice.
2010- take off his shoes? um no. Hes on his own.. I don't like touching my feet let alone his.
1955-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.
20010- BWAHAHAHAHAHA I think this one is my favorite.... Master of the house my tail..ask him where things are, ask him if the checkbook is balanced.. yea ok.
1955-A good wife always knows her place.
2010- And a good husband knows his is right next to her...holding her purse