April 7, 2008

The way it was... and ain't never gonna be!

Maybe this is where I'm all wrong. I think I'll add it to my things to do better!


  • 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 be thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they get home and the prospect of a good meal 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. Run a dustcloth over the tables.
  • During 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 to his comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction.
  • Minimize all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer or vacuum. 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.
  • Don't greet him with complaints and problems.
  • Don't complain if he's late for dinner or even if he stays out all night. Count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through at work.
  • Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or lie him 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 judgment 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.

Ok, so I think it's good to be nice to your husband and have dinner planned, maybe prepared, but I think we should question him id he stays out all night. Maybe it's just me...


andrea said...

does telling everyone to SHUT THE HECK UP count as encouraging the children to be quiet?
does the noose in my hand count as the ribbon for my hair?
does taco bell count as having dinner made?
does snoring on the couch during oprah count as my refresher nap?
and believe me, i can light a fire alright. SMOKIN.

this is classic. i think my husband would drop dead if he came home to this.

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Amy Jorgensen said...

This has to be from the book Fascinating Womanhood, right? I pounced on that book when I saw it in the pile of books my Grandpa was giving away. I had heard so much about it, I had to get me a copy. It puts Dr Laura's book "the care and keeping of husbands" to shame. Aparently, it was the "guidebook" for many Mormon women back "in the day". I am absolutely FLOORED when I read it...Now, I know you gotta take care of your man, but really? You "have no right to question him" if he "STAYS OUT ALL NIGHT"????

Paige said...

I think the "be a little gay" part might be a little scary.

utmomof5 said...

I am not sure my hubby wants me to act "gay" when he comes home. Call me crazy!! I also plan on ripping him a new one if he stays out all night. I am also pretty sure that what I have to say is just as important as what he has to say.

Where did you find this list? Can you imagine life like that?!

Lorena said...

Hold on...this was for wives? I was sure this was for my husband!

katie said...

okay, take out the stay out all night, and forgive me, but I like the old days. Divorce wasn't popular. People stayed together. They were happy.

Be a good wife, and in turn... it makes amazing husbands.

Just stand up when they get home, kiss them at the door... you have no idea how much that sets the tone for the evening.

Crazy, I know... but heck, we're all happy, so something is being done right.

Jessica said...

What? I totally do this. Every night.

Katie said...

Yes, I agree that my husband doesn't really want me to act gay in front of him. Oh, the good old days that never were....

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calibosmom said...

No wonder all these wives were on anti-depressants or ended up going loopy. How about we just try and be nice to each other. His topics of conversation are more important than mine? WHAT? I'd like to see the mens version of this. If its equally unbalanced than I'm all for it but I seriously doubt it!

calibosmom said...

Oh by the way, I saw your local honey solution for allergies and I'm going to try that with my kiddos-sounds great! Thanks!