Monday, April 14, 2008

A Good Wife

This actual article, sent to me from my buddy Karen Cantrell, was written for the 1955 Good Housekeeping magazine is simply another confirmation to me that God knew when to place me on this earth. I was laughing so hard when I read it. Let me count the ways I was all wrong for 1955:
  • Prepare yourself for 15 minutes before he comes home (a.k.a. have make-up, look refreshed, and be happy). I might have 1 of those 3 done occasionally.
  • Catering for his comfort will bring you immense personal satisfaction. Unfortunately, I frequently find myself too tired to gain that "immense personal satisfaction"...that's probably not the idea they had in mind in 1955, however!!
  • Prepare the children, have them washed, keep them quiet, and remind them of their manners. WHAT???!!! Dinner is quite possibly the worst time of the night!
  • Listen to him-remember his topics of conversation are more important than yours. I definitely think that telling him about my grocery savings, my cute shirt I bought, or how many poopy diapers I changed today are more important than whatever he has to conversate about.
  • Never complain if he comes home late, goes out to dinner, or other places of entertainment without you. Oh I complain-loud and clear!! I need a break!
  • Don't ask him questions about his actions or question his judgement...You have no right to question that. This one is wrong on so many levels I don't even know where to begin.
  • A good wife always knows her place. This means I am a terrible, terrible wife!!

Now, I do try to be a good wife and most of this is in jest. But, those poor, poor ladies of the 1950's!

13 comments:

Grant and Shalie said...

Oh I would so suck at being a 50's wife! I think its my personality too, even if we lived like that today, I don't think I could do that stuff, its just not me. I'm more of an advocate for partnership!
That's a fun artice to find thanks for posting

THE HINDMANS said...

I could have never lived like that - though I'm not so sure that Tucker wouldn't have minded it too much. Looks like you guys had a great time on your vacation!

Carole said...

Ditto

The Allred Family said...

Amen to being here on this earth at the perfect time for our perfetc, strong personalities. We are prefect wives.:)

RobynandJoe said...

Emily--I just found your blog through Minda's. You have such a cute family! I'll have to check in to see what you're up to more often!

Robyn
(robynandjoe.blogspot.com)

Tara & Jeff said...

I totally remember seeing this terrible article circulating through the SWKT at BYU!! Is this what I have to look forward to as a new wife?! Jk! So you should TOTALLY make it out to the wedding in August...it would be the best ever!! We'll just have to make it the 2nd annual 3rd floor girls reunion--so far it looks like a lot of the girls are going to be able to make it too. :) It would be a blast! So...think about it... :)

rebabell said...

Ya, I don't think I would have survived. Cute template. Weird pic at the top, but I get the idea, I guess.

Jen said...

Amen, all the way. Thank goodness for modern, liberated, thinking women!

Wilde Family said...

I am so there with you on all of those "suggestions"!! I'm glad I didn't live back then. It's been fun to keep up with you guys by looking at your blog I love it! We still miss you and can't wait to see you again. Keep the posts comin'.

Grant and Shalie said...

Where did you get this cute background? And how did you get your picture up in the blog title space??

Kimberly said...

That reminds me of the movie "Pleasantville." I loved the clothes and music from the 50's, but I would have been a terrible wife back then too! It's hard enough to have dinner made and ready when the hubby gets home...I can't imagine having to look beautiful and sane too!

Anyway, thank you so much for joining my swap...there's nothing like good mail!

Our Family said...

oh my gosh...this is the most hilarious thing I think I've read in a LONG time! This has definitely made my day. Brandon, I think, would LOVE it if we lived by the 50's...too bad for him he got stuck with the millenium...and ME (lol) hahahaha :o)

Ricjunette said...

Good post.