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07-28-2004, 08:26 PM
Reading some of Rick's posts reminded me of this one.

Subject: FW: FWD>The Wife
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Here is an excerpt of a 1950's vintage home economics textbook. This is real--I've seen the actual book. The page this text was lifted from features a picture of a "June Cleaver" type-of-gal unloading a full oven of food. Of course, she is in a dress, apron, and has a huge smile...

Have dinner ready: Plan ahead, even the night before, 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.

Prepare yourself: Take 15 minutes to rest so you will be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your makeup, 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.

Clear away the clutter: 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.

Prepare the children: 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.

Minimize all noise: At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of washer, dryer, dishwasher or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet. Be happy to see him: Greet him with a warm smile and be glad to see him.

Some don'ts: 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.

Make him comfortable: Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or suggest he lie 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--unwind.

Listen to him: You may have a dozen thing to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first.

Make the evening his: 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, his need to be home and relax.

The goal: Try to make your home a place of peace and order where your husband can renew himself in body and spirit.

07-28-2004, 08:52 PM
DAN!! LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :uglyhamme

That is to funny. I'll have to show that to my wife. Good one!

lakes Rick
07-28-2004, 11:34 PM
See what happened... First we let them vote. Then we let them drive.. But the final straw was when we let women work at McDonalds... The whole world went to He11........

07-28-2004, 11:53 PM
Mark will have to change the his and him, to she and hers!! :eek: But Mark, I will trade :banana: .

07-29-2004, 02:49 AM
Brian, you probably saw stuff like this first hand.

I did some work for the Egyptian Navy 10 years ago, put some surveillance equipment on their submarines. After spending time with the officers we learned that in some circles Egyptian women were not allowed out unless accompanied by a male, not even to go grocery shopping. Being escorted by their neighbor's husband wasn't allowed. This meant that married Egyptian officers did not want to do overnight missions and the joke in our office was the Navy had to be home in time for dinner :rolleyes:

Sounds like heaven and he11 for Rick ;) :( .

07-29-2004, 08:56 AM
As the one that has to tie that apron on nearly every day, all I can say is Iím glad I wasnít around in the 50s:uglyhamme

07-29-2004, 09:03 AM
How can a man find a woman like this, that's not 95 yrs. old?? :confused:

07-29-2004, 10:09 AM
Stepford, Connecticut

east tx skier
07-29-2004, 10:23 AM

"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."

Great Chris Rock standup line about this one. "Just shut the F--- up. Let a man get in the door, let him fix himself a drink. Just give him 5 minutes to relax ...."

But in truth, if I could stay home, I think I could handle the above. I love to cook, mix drinks, and am a neat freak. Not so sure about the dress, makeup and apron, but I can sure pour Scotch. :friday:

07-29-2004, 10:31 AM
I think if the dress, makeup and apron were tasteful, it could work for you.

east tx skier
07-29-2004, 10:54 AM
If by "it could work for you," you mean I wouldn't actually have to do the work, then I'm fer it.