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Re: "Old" and "New" Woman

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This was on the SEAOC list.

Although humorous, it has many applications, the primary one being the
change in focus from serving others to being extremely self-centered.  No
wonder the country has gone downhill.

What do you think?

-----Original Message-----
From: Yank2002(--nospam--at) <Yank2002(--nospam--at)>
To: seaoc(--nospam--at) <seaoc(--nospam--at)>
Date: Thursday, June 11, 1998 10:58 PM
Subject: "Old" and "New" Woman

> >>> Subject:      Home Economics
> >>>
> >>> The following is from an actual 1950's Home Economics textbook
> >>> intended for High School girls, teaching them how to prepare for
> >>> married life.
> >>> 1.    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.
> >>> 2.    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.
> >>> His boring day may need a lift.
> >>> 3.    Clear away 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.
> >>> 4.    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.
> >>> 5.  Minimize the noise:   At the time of his arrival, eliminate all
> >>> noise of washer, dryer, or vacuum.  Try to encourage the children to
> >>> be quiet.  Greet him with a warm smile and be glad to see him.
> >>> 6.    Some DONT'S:  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.
> >>> 7.    Make him comfortable.  Have him lean back in a comfortable chair
> >>> or suggest he lay 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
> >>> and unwind.
> >>> 8.    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.
> >>> 9.    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 and his need to be home
> >>> and relax.
> >>> 10.   The Goal:  try to make your home a place of peace and order
> >>> where your husband can relax.
> >>>
> >>> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> >>>
> >>> Now the updated version for the 90's woman...
>>>> 1.    Have dinner ready.  Make reservations ahead of time.  If your
> >>> day becomes too hectic just leave him a voice mail message regarding
> >>> where you'd like to eat and at what time.  This lets him know that
> >>> your day has been crappy and gives him an opportunity to change your
> >>> mood.
> >>> 2.    Prepare yourself.  A quick stop at the "LANCOME" counter on your
> >>> way home will do wonders for your outlook and will keep you from
> >>> becoming irritated every time he opens his mouth.  (Don't forget to
> >>> use his credit card !)
> >>> 3.    Clear away the clutter.  Call the housekeeper and tell her that
> >>> any miscellaneous items left on the floor by the children can be
> >>> placed in the Goodwill box in the garage.
> >>> 4.    Prepare the children.  Send the children to their rooms to watch
> >>> television or play Nintendo.  After all, both of them are from his
> >>> previous marriages.
> >>> 5.    Minimize the noise:  If you happen to be home when he arrives,
> >>> be in the bathroom with the door locked.
> >>> 6.    Some DONT'S:  Don't greet him with problems and complaints. Let
> >>> him speak first, and then your complaints will get more attention and
> >>> remain fresh in his mind throughout dinner.  Don't complain if he's
> >>> late for dinner, simply remind him that the leftovers are in the
> >>> fridge and you left the dishes for him to do.
> >>> 7.    Make him comfortable:  Tell him where he can find a blanket if
> >>> he's cold.  This will really show you care.
> >>> 8.    Listen to him:  But don't ever let him get the last word.
> >>> 9.    Make the evening his:  Never complain if he does not take you
> >>> out to dinner or other places of entertainment;  go with a friend or
> >>> go shopping (use his credit card).  Familiarize him with the phrase
> >>> "Girls' Night Out!"
> >>> 10.   The Goal:  Try to keep things amicable without reminding him
> >>> that he only thinks the world revolves around him. Obviously he's
> >>> wrong, it revolves around you.
> >>>
> >>