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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A List of "Don'ts" from 1913...Part 3

Ah, yes. It's that time again when we listen to the advice of Blanche Ebbutt as she gives us advice direct from 1913. (What a year!)

We continue on from Part 2.

Don'ts For Husbands

I. General Habits (Part 2)
Don't sit down to breakfast in your shirt-sleeves in hot weather on the ground that "only your wife" is present. She is a woman like any other woman. The courtesies you give to womankind are her due, an she will appreciate them. (Damn straight, Blanche! Um, I guess that means shirtless is out of the question too? - JA)

Don't take it out on your poor wife every time you have a headache or a cold. It isn't her fault, and she has enough to do in nursing you, without having to put up with ill-humour into the bargain. (Why is it, Blanche, that all men are dying when they're sick? - JA)

Don't flourish a grimy handkerchief about because you have forgotten to take a clean one out of your box or your drawer. If your wife provides you with a reasonable stock, you might at least take the trouble to remember to use them. (Handkerchiefs. Not a fan I'm afraid. - JA)

Don'ts for Wives

I. Personalities (Part 2)
Don't expect life to be all sunshine. Besides, if there are no clouds, you will lose the opportunity of showing your husband what a good chum you can be. (A 'chum'? Really? - JA)

Don't look at the black side of the cloud. It is only a shadow cast by the silver lining. (Ok, can we move on from the 'cloud' theme please, Blanche? - JA)

Don't lose heart when life seems hard. Look forward to the corner you are bound to turn soon, and point it out to your husband. (Hmmm. Hubby hasn't always been good with me giving him directions, but I'll give it a go. - JA)

That's it for this week. As usual, Blanche is full a good old-fashioned advice. To view previous Don'ts, click on the links below.

Until next time...

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