A Woman’s Place …

The following was pulled off the Web and is allegedly excerpted from a 1950s home-economics textbookaimed at high school girls; its intent was to prepare them for married life: Have dinner ready: plan ahead, eventhe night before, to have a delicious meal-on time. This is a way of letting him know that you have beenthinking 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 fifteen minutes to rest so you will be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your makeup, put a ribbon in your hair, and be freshlooking. 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 thetables.

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 theirhair, and if necessary, change their clothes. They are little treasures and he would like to see them playing thepart.

Minimize the noise: At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of washer, dryer, dishwasher, orvacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet. Be happy to see him. Greet him with a warm smile and beglad to see him. Don’t greet him with problems or complaints. Don’t complain if he’s late for dinner. Countthis as minor compared with what he might have gone through that day. Make him comfortable: Have himlean back in a comfortable chair or suggest he lie down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink readyfor 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 hisarrival is not the time. Let him talk first. Make the evening his: Never complain if he does not take you out todinner or to other places of entertainment; instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure, hisneed to be home and relax. The goal: Try to make your home a place of peace and order where yourhusband can relax. … Is On The Mountain.