The following is from an actual 1950's Home Economics textbook
intended for High School girls, teaching them how to prepare for
Now- aren't we glad it's a new century!!!
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 needed.
Take 15 minutes to rest so you will 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.
His boring day may need a lift..
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 the tables.
Your husband will feel he has reached a haven
of rest and order, and it will give you a lift, too..
Take 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..
At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of washer,
dryer, or vacuum. Try to encourage the childrento be quiet.
Greet him with a warm smile and kiss,
letting him know you're glad to see him..
Don't greet him with problems or complaints.
Don't complain if he's late for dinner.
Count this as minor compared with what
he might have gone through that day..
Have him lean back in a comfortable chair
or suggest he lay 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, soft, soothing and pleasant voice.
Allow him to relax and unwind..
You may have a dozen things to tell him,
but the moment of his arrival is not the time.
Let him talk first..
Never complain if he does not take you out to dinner
or to other places of entertainment;
instead try to understand his world of strain
and pressure and his need to be home and relax..
try to make your home a place of peace and order
where your husband can relax..