Just for entertainment purposes, thought I'd share a gem I found while surfing. From Housekeeping Monthly, May 13, 1955, I present...
The Good Wife's Guide
1. 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 you've been thinking about him and are concerned about his needs.
2. Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you'll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in you hair and be fresh-looking.
3. Be a little gay and a little more interesting for him. His boring day may need a lift and it's one of your duties to provide it.
4. Over the cooler months of the year you should 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 for his comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction.
5. Prepare the children. Take a few minutes to wash the children's hands and faces, comb their hair, and if necessary, change their clothes. 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 the washer, dryer, or vacuum. Encourage the children to be quiet.
6. Be happy to see him.
7. Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him.
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. Remember, his topics of converstion are more important than yours.
9. Make the evening his. Never complain if he comes home late, or goes out to dinner, or other places of entertainment without you. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure and his very real need to be at home and relax.
10. Your goal: Try to make sure your home is a place of peace, order and tranquility where your husband can renew himself in body and soul.
11. Don't greet him with complaints and problems.
12. Don't complain if he's late home for dinner or even if he stays out all night. Count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through that day.
13. Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or lie down. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him.
14. Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice.
15. Don't ask him questions about his actions or question his judgement or integrity. Remember, he is the master of the house and as such will always excercise his will with fairness and truthfulness. You have no right to question him.
16. A good wife always knows her place.