Previously published in Examiner
Part 2 of the Good Housewife series
How to be a good housewife taken from the classic high school home economics textbook in the 1950’s; American, Canadian, and Montreal women were all taught the same social philosophy.
Get rid of clutter, pick up all toys, papers and everything hanging around the main part of the house and dust the table tops, so that when your husband comes home he will have a clean haven. He will feel picked up and you will feel picked up too.
Note: The 1950’s housewife certainly had a career didn’t she? Her career was to cater to her husband so that he could feel lifted up. Gee, who was going to lift her up? We will talk more about that when we revisit the work of Betty Freidan in our next women’s issues discussion.
Get the children ready, wash their hands and faces, put them in clean clothes and comb their hair if they are little, so that, ” They are little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part.”
Note: Should the wife have them stand at attention and salute too? Or bow to the king as he comes in? Children are children, it is this examiner’s opinion that they should act and be themselves. A person is tired when he or she comes home after a hard day’s work. So asking the children to quiet down is sufficient, but as we all know it is not always possible with little ones, they like to cry a lot.
To be continued