1950 Home Economics

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by Doglips, Aug 11, 2002.

  1. Doglips

    Doglips Guest

    1950 Home Economics
    The following is from an actual 1950s Home Economics textbook
    intended for High School girls, teaching how to prepare for
    married life.

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. 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.

    4. 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.

    5. 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.

    6. 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.

    7. 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.

    8. 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.

    9. 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 and relax.

    10. The Goal: try to make your home a place of peace and order
    where your husband can relax.

    Now the updated version for the '90s woman.

    1. Have dinner ready: Make reservations ahead of time. If your
    day becomes too hectic just leave him a voice mail message
    regarding where you'd like to eat and at what time. This lets
    him know that your day has been crappy and gives him an
    opportunity to change your mood.

    2. Prepare yourself: A quick stop at the "LANCOME" counter on
    your way home will do wonders for your outlook and will keep you
    from becoming irritated every time he opens his mouth. (Don't
    forget to use his credit card!)

    3. Clear away the clutter: Call the housekeeper and tell her
    that any miscellaneous items left on the floor by the children
    can be placed in the Goodwill box in the garage.

    4. Prepare the children: Send the children to their rooms to
    watch television or play Nintendo video games. After all, both
    of them are from his previous marriages.

    5. Minimize the noise: If you happen to be home when he arrives,
    be in the bathroom with the door locked.

    6. Some DON'TS: Don't greet him with problems and complaints.
    Let him speak first, and then your complaints will get more
    attention and remain fresh in his mind throughout dinner. Don't
    complain if he's late for dinner; simply remind him that the
    leftovers are in the refrigerator and you left the dishes for him
    to do.

    7. Make him comfortable: Tell him where he can find a blanket if
    he's cold. This will really show you care.

    8. Listen to him: But don't ever let him get the last word.

    9. Make the evening his: Never complain if he does not take you
    out to dinner or to other places of entertainment; go with a
    friend or go shopping (use his credit card).

    10. The Goal: Try to keep things amicable without reminding him
    that he only thinks the world revolves around him. Obviously
    he's wrong, it revolves around you.

    NRAJOE YOU TALKIN' TO ME!? Forum Contributor

    Where did those fabulous 50's go? Oh well... yes dear I'm ready, where ya wanna eat tonight?

  3. Oxford

    Oxford G&G Evangelist

    Gone to the dogs.

    Thought that was going to happen when I got married in 1961. Boy was I wrong.

    She wants to eat out most evenings. She's got someone else cleaning the house. The Singer sewing machine is covered with dust. Holes stay in my socks. She wants more than $5 for groceries each week. She expects her own car.

    Now what has happened to "mens rights"? Man, married life has gone to the dogs.:D :D
  4. Eric

    Eric Guest

    Again, "My kingdom for a time machine."