Hi everyone. I came across the following article while researching the 1950s housewife era and I would love to hear your thoughts (as “comments” on the blog for all to see). I checked out Snopes and found that they have not verified whether or not this is true which leads me to believe that this was actually written:
Excerpt from a 1950s Home Economics Textbook
Compiled by Ms. Leslie Blankship
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-wary 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 quite. 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 things 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.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we all provided this for each other and WANTED to provide it?
Anyhoo, here is a great way to convert leftover rice into a snack-some of my kids love it:
Rice Ball treasures:
leftover or freshly cooked rice
cooked protein or vegetable/nuts
sesame or sunflower seeds
Take a small handful of leftover rice, white or brown. Form it into a ball. If it is not glutinous or starchy, add a little water to make it sticky. Make an indentation and stick in a half teaspoon full of cooked meat, fish, peanut butter, vegetable or any thing else and then fill the rest of the hole with more rice. You can then roll the ball in sesame seeds, sunflower seeds or anything you can think of that may stick.
A great hand held snack for kids and adults. You, your kids, or your partner will look cool and unique in the lunchroom, like a girl in my elementary school, Julie Pomerantz, who brought a pomegranite for lunch one day. Enjoy!