7 Jan 2013

PRACTICALLY PERFECT IN EVERY WAY.

To begin with I have two lots of apologies to make.

Firstly my apologies that there hasn't been a Media Monday post for a while, I hope to resume this next week. 

And, secondly, sorry that there seemed to be some confusion about my logging in and commenting as other than Petty Witter on many of your blogs. I don't know how or why but my blog had changed to Google+, my blog profile had disappeared and I was unable to sign in as Petty Witter. Still, all sorted now - my thanks to the various bloggers/FB friends who got in touch with advice and, of course, my technical department (aka Husband dearest).

Anyway on to today's post. 




Having received a copy of Blanche Ebbutt's Don'ts For Wives: 1913 (see my review HERE) from Hd I was delighted to be offered these further words of wisdom to women about marital bliss late 1800's style from a friend of ours.

Don't ........
  • nag him
  • pester him for money
  • wait up until he comes home from the club: it is far better to be in bed pretending to be asleep
  • expect a dress more oftener than he offers to buy you one
  • let him catch you curling your hair: nothing disgusts a man sooner than to learn that the girl who charmed him has developed into a wife who affects wrappers and curl-papers.
  • bore him with talk of his mother-in-law
  • expect help with the children: men weren't built to take notice of baby
  • let yourself go once you have snared him: it is a positive duty to make yourself as attractive in his eyes as you possibly can

but above all ......
  • don't argue with your husband, do whatever he tells you and obey all his orders.
Hmm, I can't think why this particular friend thought I might need this advice as just like Mary Poppins ......

I'm practically perfect in every way.

And if you don't believe me ask Hd.


14 comments:

strange.friendships said...

I like the last line....

That you are practically perfect...Me too....but my Hd may not agree...lol...

Jean said...

I remember reading a Christian advice book "only" about 25 years ago that recommended pretty much the same things. But added that your dresses should be frilly. I think I threw up at that point.

chitra said...

PW,
Has the logging in problem got resolved?. Sometime back I had a mail from blog spot. to confirm my name against my blog and they had provided a link. I was not sure what it was. But I completed the formality..Have you ever received such mails. I will chk . and let you know what exact was the content of the mail. If your problem is resolved then there is no problem. you can also try to find answer by posting questions in forums.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Aren't we all practically perfect? ;)

This is such an amusing post. I can't imagine being a woman in those days. Ugh. I'd hate it, but then again, I know what I do now, so maybe I'd be okay with it then. *shudder* haha

-Lauren

Heather said...

I wouldn't change a thing about you. Though given the chance, I would attempt to teach you to knit, but only because you so enjoy my needlework projects.

fiction-books said...

Hi Tracy,

It is good to know that things have moved on since the 1800's!

I sincerely hope that your friend doesn't practice what they preach!

'Practically Perfect' works for me as well, although as my 'tech desk' has just been called into action to help sort out a problem, he may not necessarily agree right at this moment!

Thanks for sharing those gems ... now they can be filed where they belong .. in the bin!

Yvonne

Gina R said...

Yay! Glad to see the profile mess straightened out. Love when Blogger/Google makes unexpected changes (not really...but we roll with it!). ^_^ Egads on the 1800's advice to women...SO glad we've changed in many ways since then.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Glad you got it sorted out. I've been avoiding putting my stuff together like the plague.

Horrid advice. I think I'll pass... :D

Kelly said...

Glad you got the Google+ stuff resolved. I've heard more bad than good about it and I'm not sure I ever want to use it.

I loved those little husband and wife books and gave out several copies as Christmas gifts one year.

Alexia561 said...

That advice is too funny! I agree that you're practically perfect in every way! We don't want to be totally perfect though, as that would be boring! :)

Suko said...
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Suko said...

Thanks for the dose of humor! And thank goodness we live in "modern times".

I've been reluctant to switch to Google+ precisely because of the unpredictable changes that might cause....

anilkurup said...

The early New Year hitch with the technical side of your Blog is gone now.

The advise must be recommended with a pinch of salt. Well when perfection is guranteed what else is required?

Jenners said...

Yowza!!! Such "Great" advice. ; )