Saturday, October 10, 2009

The Good Wife

You know, there was a movie a few years backed called The Good Son. It was disturbing on many levels, but mainly because that cute little boy from the "Home Alone" movies was a killer...this post isn't about a killer wife, I promise. And it's not creepy like that movie either. It's pretty funny, if you ask me.

Here’s some tips for all of you out there who haven’t yet tied the knot...some small tips and things that you can do for your special someone to let them know that you care...

(And no, these aren’t MY tips...they came straight out of the May 13th, 1955 edition of Housekeeping Monthly)

The Good Wife’s Guide:

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.

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 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.

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. Minimise 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.

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 staring 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 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 home late for dinner or even if he stays out all night. Count this 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.

Don’t ask him questions about his actions or question his judgement 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.

A good wife always knows her place.

If I were to ask for a show of many of you out there think that article was written by a man? Ooh, ooh, me, me, me!!! I do, I do! Really? I’m shocked...

My FMIL sent this email to me the other day, and it’s actually photocopied right out of the magazine mentioned above...I’ve seen it before, but now just a few days before my own wedding, it takes on some different meaning. Part of me wants to be outraged and indignant...but then I just figured that it was best for a good chuckle to start the day off right.

Hope you chuckled along with me!


  1. I actually own the book that was taken from! My grandma gave it to me as a joke (I hope!). It makes me laugh every time I read it, and today is no exception.

    But there really is some good advice, hiding in there. Just peel away the sexist, "know your place" exterior. :)

  2. OH and did you know? I nominated you for an award!

  3. In the words of Virginia Slims (disregarding the cancer sticks part): We've come a long way baby!

    This line kills: "Don’t complain if he’s home late for dinner or even if he stays out all night. Count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through that day." Ha!!