Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Good Wife's Guide

Back in the day there was a magazine entitled, Housekeeping Monthly. When I say back in the day, I mean baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack in the day. In their May 13th, 1955 issue they had a little list that they ran entitled, "The Good Wife's Guide". When I read it, I was reminded of how drastically the ideas of Home, Wife, Family, and Husband have changed. I'm gonna post at least one of these things per week and I want you guys; especially the women, to tell me what you honestly think.

-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 been thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home and the prospect of a good meal (especially his favourite dish) is part of the warm welcome needed.

I know that it is very chauvinistic and almost cave man thinking; but I believe some of these things are semi-relevant. I may only feel that way because I am a man, but this was perfectly fine and acceptable at one time. It was even published in a popular American magazine. This particular excerpt doesn't ring true with me, but some of the others do. Don't forget to tell me what you think. I believe some of these are up to 60% true and others are completely bogus; but that's just my opinion though and who the hell am I?

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've read this before and it was also similarly published in Home Economic books for young adult females at that time.
Viewing the list with a non-judgemental perspective and adding the theory of evolution, most do make sense.
Here goes honesty: I'm a kitchen freak! I love cooking and baking. I love to try new meals and desserts. So I usually do have to plan ahead. I also plan ahead because I work. I plan ahead to have quick and easy meals available in the refrigerator at all times.
I consider the evolving factor to be that we eat and prepare meals so much more quicker than in the fifties. That was the beginning of an evolution persay...preparation for the sixties!
As a family we should all have a thought in the process of what we are eating for dinner....kids too!!! The trip to the grocery store can be a sharing experience, especially since we now have SUPER grocery stores.
I do enjoy cooking for my man(when I have one). I have made dinner and put his plate in the microwave for when he returned from work late. I also like the bed and breakfast plan!!!

Anonymous said...

Here's what I'm starting to think. When I make rules for myself and other people, I'm really imprisoning them in what I think is best for them and me. I've been in plenty of relationships and I always made new rules each time I broke up. Then all I had was a bunch of rules to break and a way to beat myself up when things went wrong. If only I could have made myself do this or that. You know what? Sometimes it just doesn't work out. God knows I believe people should try to improve themselves; I've been trying long and hard enough. I'm perfect just like I am or I wouldn't be here. I'm caring and I want others to feel good about themselves. I'm going to give myself and those in my life a break. No Rules!

Aimee said...

Good thing this doesn't ring true for you concidering the fact that you can't even decide who you want to cook your meals!

Anonymous said...

Cook that dinner if YOU want to gurl....don't wait for the "man" to appreciate YOU...do what makes YOU feel good....

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