This is an actual extract from a Home Economics text book, printed
in the early 60's. Absolutely unbelievable. Men love it. Women can't
believe it actually existed :
"Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious
meal ready on time for his return home from work. 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.
Prepare yourself. 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 for him. His boring day may need a lift and
one of your duties is to provide it. Clear away the clutter. Make one last
trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives.
Gather up school books, toys, papers, etc. and the run a dust cloth over
tables. Over the cooler months of the year you should prepare and light a
fire for him to unwind by. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of
rest and order and it will give you a lift too. After all, catering for his
comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction. Minimise all
noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer
or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet.
Be happy to see him. Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your
desire to please him. Listen to him. You may have a dozen important things
to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk
first, remember, his topics of conversation are more important than yours.
Make the evening his. Never complain if he comes home late or goes out to
dinner, or other places of entertainment without you. Instead, try to
understand his world of strain and pressure and his very real need to be at
home and relax.
Your goal: Try to make sure your home is a place of peace, order and
tranquillity where your husband can renew himself in body and
spirit. Don't greet him with complaints and problems. Don't complain if
he's late home for dinner, or even stays out all night. Count this as minor
compared to what he might have gone through that day.
Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or have him
lie down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him.
Arrange the pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low,
and pleasant voice.
Don't ask him questions about his actions or question his judgement or
integrity. Remember, he is the master of the house and as such will always
exercise his will with fairness and truthfulness."