The following is from a 1950's Home Economics textbook intended for
the High School girls, teaching how to prepare for married life.
My how times have changed . . . .
Have dinner ready: Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a
delicious meal - on time. 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 prospects of a good meal
are part of the warm welcome needed.
Prepare yourself: Take 15 minutes to rest so you will 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. His boring day may
need a lift.
Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part
of the house just before your husband arrives, gathering up school
books, toys, paper, etc. Then run a dust cloth over the tables. Your
husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it
will give you a lift too.
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. They are little treasures and he would like to
see them playing the part.
Minimize the noise: At the time of his arrival, eliminate all
noise of washer, dryer, dishwasher, or vacuum. Try to encourage the
children to be quiet. Be happy to see him. Greet him with a warm
smile and be glad to see him.
Some DON'TS: Don't greet him with problems or complaints. Don't
complain if he's late for dinner. Count this as minor compared with
what he might have gone through that day.
Make him comfortable: Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or
suggest he lie 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, soft, soothing and pleasant voice. Allow him to relax and
Listen to him: You may have a dozen things to tell him, but the
moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first.
Make the evening his: Never complain if he does not take you out
to dinner or to other places of entertainment; instead try to
understand his world of strain and pressure and his need to be home
The Goal: Try to make your home a place of peace and order where
your husband can relax.
[ Author Unknown -- from 'Aiken Drum' (AIKENSLongJoke@topica.com) ]
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