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Date: Wed, 22 Jan 1997 18:13:23 GMT
From: Richard in Cincy (richardy@epcorp.com [])

A blast from the past...1950's Home Ec Class (22Jan)

From a 1950 Home Economics Book...
Advice to the young bride
Get your work done:
Plan your tasks with an eye to the clock.  
Finish or interrupt them an hour before he is 
expected.  Your anguished cry, "Are you home 
already?" is not exactly a warm welcome.
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 
Prepare yourself:
Take 15 minutes to rest so you will be 
refreshed whe he arrives. Touch up your 
make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be 
fresh looking. He has been with a lot of work 
weary people.  Be a little gay and a little 
more interesting.  His boring day may need a 
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, papers, 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, 
Prepare the children:
Take just 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. 
Be happy to see him:
Greet him with a warm smile and act glad to 
see him.
Minimize all the noise:
At the time of his arrival, eliminate the 
noise of the washer, dryer, dishwasher or 
vacuum.  Try to encourage the children to be 
Some don'ts:
Don't greet him with a problem or complaints. 
Don't complain if he's late for dinner.  
Count this as minor compared to what he might 
have gone through that day.
Make him comfortable:
Have him lean back into 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 massage his neck and 
shoulders and take off his shoes.  Speak in a 
soft, soothing, pleasant voice.  Allow him to 
relax - to 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 to 
dinner or other places of entertainment.  
Instead, try to understand his world of 
strain and pressure, his need to be home and 
The goal:
Try to make your home a place of peace and 
order where your husband can renew himself in 
body and spirit.

There will be a pop quiz in 10 minutes!

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1. OMIGOD! I wonder how I can work commuting to L.A. into that little scenario...:-) NT (Claire In Rescue (and sometimes L.A.))
4. Now I know what I'm doing wrong!(1/22) (JO)
5. I'm speechless. Well, maybe not - it sounds like a pamphlet Bechtel distributed in the 50's to the women employees. (nt) (Harimad in Evanston)
6. question on glazed cinnamon bars (Julia)
1. Whoops, I do that all the time... (Richard in Cincy)
1. Thank you for your prompt response Richard! (nt) (Julia)
7. If we did all that, we wouldn't have any time to do our archive_swap10101-10200ping (nt) (Marge/nj)
1. I agree!! No archive_swap10101-10200 makes me :-( !! (NT) (JO)
1. Then try a little dusting, that should help ;-) (nt) (Harimad in Evanston)
8. Well for the more modern women :)) (KiwiChris in Melbourne)
9. Richard, are you sure that book wasn't called... (Ruth)
10. I think I need a wife. My husband probably needs one, too (nt) (Mary Evans)
11. Can you believe women were willing to put up with that slave status? (NT) (Kathy in Memonomie (Packerland))
12. Been there. Done that. Many years ago! NT (Helen in Ely)
13. Oh barf, maybe HE should do what I do all day, then I could lay back with a cool drink, Opps, Have to go vaccumn! NOT nt (Margaret in PA)
14. Chill out girls (Jim)
1. It's not the issue of who's the homemaker, its the UTTER subservience thats appalling, no matter who does it (nt) (Harimad in Evanston )
1. here here (nt) (Jo )

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