Monday, February 8, 2010
Long Post but Worth Reading
Have you heard of the Uncle John's Bathroom Reader books? Well, I heard about them from a friend and decided to get one for Matt for his birthday (kind of as a joke). When he goes into the bathroom and turns the fan on, I know I won't see him again for a while so I thought he would appreciate some entertainment in there. I have also spend some time in the book and when I read this section, I thought it was quite comical and would like to share:
This is taken directly from a 1950s Home Economics text book:
When Your Husband Gets Home
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. Touching 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 house just before your husband arrives, gathering up school books, toys, paper, etc. Then run a dust cloth over the tables. Your husbands 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 the are small) comb their hair, and if necessary, change their cloths. 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 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 hi shoes. Speak in a low, soft, soothing and pleasant voice. Allow him to relax--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."
Is this for real!?!?! Was there a section for the husbands to read? Times have changed, haven't they? I wonder if there were less divorces back then. So, I asked Matt what he thought and he said that he thought is was "great, really good advice..." YES, HE WAS SERIOUS. (I guess there is some good sense in it.)