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offline Fleet Loyal

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Taken from a 1960's Home Economics Textbook...still great advice 40 years

"...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 away of letting
him know that you have been thinking about him and are concerned about his

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 he main part of the
house just before your husband arrives. Gather up schoolbooks, toys, papers,
etc., and then run a dust cloth over the 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
washing machine, tumble dryer or Hoover. 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
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
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 cosy 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, soothing sand
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

Never a truer word spoken I say

offline Harry J Allstars

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To quote FB in advance "that was un called for"!

offline Fleet Loyal

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offline Stu M

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Needs updating: "If you are at home watching reality bollox on the TV, be prepared to switch over to a ripper of a war film if he so wishes and not hog the telly all f-ing night..."

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THAT sounds fantastic but.....who had a washing machine and tumble dryer in the 1960's

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