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The following are "The Good Wife Rules" which were printed in Housekeeping Monthly in 1950.

  1. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready on time for his return. This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him and are concerned about his needs.
  2. Take 15 minutes to rest so you'll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh-looking. His boring day may need a little lift and one of your duties is to provide it
  3. Clear away the clutter before your husband gets home. He 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.
  4. When he arrives home, listen to him. You may have a dozen important things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the right time. His topics of conversation are more important than yours.
  5. Never complain if he comes home late or goes out to dinner without you. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure and his very real need to be at home and relax.
  6. Don't complain if he's late home or even if he stays out all night. Count this as minor compared to what he may have gone through that day.
  7. 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.
  8. Don't ask him questions about his actions or question his judgement or integrity. He is the master of the house and, as such, will always exercise his will with fairness. You have no right to question him. A good wife knows her place.

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