Saturday, December 27, 2008

Am I the perfect 1930s housewife??

I am totally shocked at my score on this test. Time for a re-take!!


As a 1930s wife, I am

Take the test!

Ok Ladies, listen up and go get that ribbon for your hair:
Home Economics High School Text Book, 1954

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 prospect of a good meal are part of the warm welcome needed.

Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so that you'll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your makeup, 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 home just before your husband arrives, gather up schoolbooks, 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 all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the 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 he is home.

Some don'ts: Don't greet him with problems or complaints. Don't complain if he is 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 unwind.

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, his need to be home and relax.

The Goal: Try to make your home a place of peace and order where your husband can renew himself in body and spirit.


Nana Donna said...

Okay, call me crazy, but I try to get your dads dinner on the table when he gets home. I even did it when I worked. But it is all in the sharing of things. Dad does a whole lot of things for me too! I guess I should try to wear more bows in my hair (not!)

I really loved your pics of Hawaii. Thanks for coming to visit us here in Utah. We loved having you here.

Nana Donna said...

I finally took the test after reading Natalies blog. Wish I hadn't! I never was very good with tests. My rating was "Poor", I guess I should be happy that my children and their mates are better than us, (actually dad hasn't taken the test so he could be very superior (anyway I think he is.) One thing dad and I did do right and that was making beautiful, smart and kind children.

The Strong Family said...

so funny, you are a much better housewife than me! maybe the test is backwards~!