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Posted Saturday, October 13, 2007, at 9:33 AM

An actual 1955 Good Housekeeping article.

The Good Wife's Guide

Housekeeping Monthly - May 13, 1955

· ·Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready on timefor 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 come home and the prospect of a good meal (especially his favorite dish) 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. Gather up schoolbooks, toys, paper, etc and then run a

dust cloth 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.

· ·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 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.

· ·Make the evening his. Never complain if he comes home late or goes out to dinner

or other places of entertainment without you. Instead, try to understand his world of

strain and pressure and his very real need to be at home and relax.

· ·Your goal: To try and make sure your home is a place of peace, order, and

tranquility where your husband can renew himself in body and spirit.

· ·Don't greet him with complaints and problems.

· ·Don't complain if he's late home for dinner or even if he stays out all night. Count

his as minor compared to what he might have gone through that day.

· ·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.

· ·Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and

pleasant voice.

Remember, he is the master of the house and as such will always exercise his will with· ·Don't ask him questions about his actions or question his judgment or integrity.

fairness and truthfulness. You have no right to question him.

· ·A good wife always knows her place.

OK, girls…

This is for real, as far as I can tell. It's a popular email being circulated and professes to be an actual article out of a 1955 Good Housekeeping magazine. The article is accompanied by a sketch of a woman with about a 16 inch waist, donned in crisp dress, apron, and heels, greeting her dearly beloved at the door with perfectly groomed children at her side and a smile with dinner at the ready!

Who knew how far we'd come in the relatively short span of just over half a century. How archaic the overall theme contained herein seems here in 2007, thank goodness!!

Well now, what do you see coming?…a current day approach to the same subject perhaps? Why, of course!

An Actual 2007 Minnie O'Pausal article.

The Perfectly Fine Wife's Guide

Saturday, October 13, 2007

.."Dinner. Plan ahead." Be sure you call your spouse early enough to allow him time to stop on the way home at your favorite fast food establishment. If you require extra condiments, i.e. ketchup, mustard, spicy mustard, etc., be sure you make this request clear, as men are known to forget between Point A and Point B. And he will likely need directions. Keep them simple.

.."Be a little more gay and a little more interesting for him."…Yeah, I believe if you met him at the door and sprung it on him that you were gay, it would definitely make things more interesting for him!

"Clear away the clutter." Right, I almost forgot. Pitch the Skinny Cow wrappers.

"Prepare the Children" OK, we'll interpret that to mean that the grandchildren. So, alter that dinner plan and add two or three Happy Meals, two with cheeseburgers, one with McNuggets. Make that with sweet and sour sauce. And oh, more ketchup.

"Eliminate all noise, such as vacuum, washer or dryer" Hmmmmm. This is a difficult one, but I'd interpret it as a directive to refrain from using any of the above altogether… no problem for me.

"Be happy to see him" OK, but only if it's payday.

..Listen to him. OK, this is the biggie. The 1955 version tells us to "let him talk first since his topics of conversation are more important than yours." Who do I kill first, the author or the messenger?

.."Make the evening his." This directive tells us to "try to understand his world of strain and pressure and his very real need to be at home and relax." Yeah, right. Let's go with, "Try to understand how he can possibly think that his day has been any more stressful than your own, and tell HIM of your very REAL need for a massage and a night out with the girls.

.."Try to make sure your home is a place of peace, order, and tranquility where your husband can renew himself in body and spirit."…OH, PAH-LEEEEEZE!!! Can you believe we women of the world were ever reduced to this position? I'd like a little body renewal myself! And as far as the spirit, I'll meet him on the sofa with a half empty bottle of vino!

"Don't greet him with complaints and problems." Yeah…save 'em for the courtroom.

"Don't complain if he's late for dinner or even if he stays out all night." OK, as long as he doesn't gripe about passing me on the highway at 3 a.m.while he's out and about.

"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." Hmmmm…where's Cake Lady when you need her?

"Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice." OK, I'll speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice as I place the pillow (with great pressure and pleasure) over his face.And I'll whisper, "Are you still breathing, dear?"

"Remember, he is the master of the house and as such will always exercise his will.Don't ask him questions about his actions or question his judgment or integrity,fairness and truthfulness. You have no right to question him" OK, I'm about to throw up.

And Finally,

"A good wife always knows her place." Yeah, right in the plaintiff's seat.


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Glad to see these "youngsters" have learned lessons well.

-- Posted by bringwine on Mon, Oct 15, 2007, at 7:15 PM

OMG this is just too funny! I am of a young breed...not to brag, but in this day and age, I could never believe any of that! My grandma was raised in this time, and I don't believe she was ever this way w/ my grandpa. My dad raised me, and I don't think he ever mentioned any of these practices either, lol. I like the newer version SOOO much better...b/c I can tell u what would happen if my husband stayed out all night or thought his day and problems were worse off than mine...and its actually an old fashioned approach...IT'S CALLED A FRYING PAN...LOL!

-- Posted by mrsdolphin on Mon, Oct 15, 2007, at 2:11 PM

Wow! Entertaining and informative. The first part about the 1955 article was the entertainment. Excellent Science Fiction. Yes, it's hard to believe that they got anyone to believe that crapola. Minnie's version is ever so much better - and more timely.

The part about June Clever was the informative part. I started to say that it's amazing she agreed to the part, but acting jobs are probably few and far between. Most actors/actresses would likely do almost any roll to pay the bills.

-- Posted by Ducky on Mon, Oct 15, 2007, at 12:49 PM

The good ol' days!

-- Posted by mobrigade on Mon, Oct 15, 2007, at 9:56 AM

Yep...I just put in "June Cleaver pearls," and whoa-lah!!!

-- Posted by bringwine on Sun, Oct 14, 2007, at 7:29 PM

Wow! Did you google that? Thanks, bringwine!

Are these blogs great, or what?? How did we ever exist w/o them??

-- Posted by goat lady on Sun, Oct 14, 2007, at 6:55 PM

GT,

Here is your answer...unbelievable what's out there!

June Cleaver's Pearl Necklace - Each episode of the sitcom LEAVE IT TO BEAVER/CBS/ABC/1957-63, actress Barbara Billingsley played June Cleaver, a traditional 1950s housewife who dressed nicely in simple but smart dresses and wore her trademark necklace of white pearls. According to series' star Jerry "The Beaver" Mathers (in an interview in 1982) Barbara Billingsley was self conscious about a deep wrinkle at the base of her neck ("that looked like an tracheotomy scar") and so she chose to wear a strand of pearls to distract the eyes of the viewers (per "The 1st Leave It To Beaver Website @ www.litb.com.

-- Posted by bringwine on Sun, Oct 14, 2007, at 6:35 PM

Thanks, bringwine. I knew you would come to my rescue with the first name!

My sister and I had a discussion earlier today about whether or not June was wearing pop beads or real pearls! How's that for trivia?? Can anyone answer that one??

-- Posted by goat lady on Sun, Oct 14, 2007, at 2:32 PM

June, Goat...June! Her husband was Ward. All I remember is her saying, "Ward, I'm worried about the Beaver."

-- Posted by bringwine on Sun, Oct 14, 2007, at 11:20 AM

I have no doubt that the original 1955 article is for real! I remember reading tripe like this when I was a teenager, but (fortunately), I had a mother who laughed at such notions - even in 1955.

When I read it, an image of Betty Crocker popped into my head!

Can you believe that they tried to sell us the pop bead image of Mrs. Cleaver (forget her first name)during that period of time?

"Dutiful wife"! Them's fightin' words these days!!

-- Posted by goat lady on Sun, Oct 14, 2007, at 8:27 AM

Dolly,

So it's true! We DO get better with age!! I knew this age thing had an upside somewhere!

-- Posted by bringwine on Sun, Oct 14, 2007, at 6:43 AM

these blogs are getting better & better...

-- Posted by dollylee on Sun, Oct 14, 2007, at 2:10 AM

Did the MEN who wrote the 1955 piece dare to sign their name to it?

Probably not,as their wives would have used one of Cakes lovely recipes if they knew their husbands wrote such vile smut.

Pleasantville propaganda!

Minnie's version is so much better.

-- Posted by Yellow Rose of Essex on Sat, Oct 13, 2007, at 6:25 PM

I am at your service, Minnie. I shall keep the vanilla at hand.

-- Posted by letseatcake633 on Sat, Oct 13, 2007, at 11:11 AM


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