April 18, 2012The Good Wife’s Guide And Our New Sponsor, Diane from RetroGiftIdeas.com
Well, Diane has branched out into some awesome fun retro gifts and some gorgeous wedding invitations (on Vintage-Wedding-Invitations.com), both of which are really neat! I especially loved the “The Good Wife’s Guide” on RetroGiftIdeas.com, and I asked Diane to give us some background on her design.
As a child of the early sixties, and the daughter of a happy homemaker during that era, when I first discovered the "Good Wife’s Guide" I was a bit confused. While it seemed more than a bit over the top in some of it’s entries, I was also smiling since it seemed strangely familiar.
The story goes that this list of rules or guidelines was originally written in an old home economics textbook, or that it ran as a feature in "Housekeeping Monthly". I came to find out that there was never a periodical of that name (snopes.com), no text book has been found with these entries and that it was just a humorous hoax. I suspect that the original was inspired by the wonderfully silly rules once taught in every Home Economics Class through the 1950’s, or similarly at your retro era Mother’s elbow in the kitchen. What makes it so funny is that it nearly rings true. Most things that make us smile do so because of a shared experience with the author of the piece.
Fans of the hit TV show "Mad Men" get a peek into the time capsule of the era preceding women’s liberation. Basically women on this show get treated like objects…objects that cook and clean and tend the children. No wonder my Mom spoke to us the way she did. Stuff does roll downhill. A few years back a comic by the name of Anita Renfroe came out with a musical rendition to all of the common phrases once heard around the kitchen, she calls them Momism’s, it was hilarious. Again, it was so funny because I had heard all of them growing up in our house… "You’ll eat it and you’ll like it… "We’ll just wait for your Father to get home"… "Don’t get smart with me"… No wonder Mom was in a foul mood, just look at what was expected of the mid-century housewife!
So even though the exaggerated entries on The Good Housewife’s Guide may make you cringe, each thoughtful passage will also make you grin, and perhaps even reminisce about life in your parents’ household growing up.
I love it, Diane!!! Thanks so much for sharing the story of this fun piece with us, and welcome to No Pattern Required!
I remember whenever I would defiantly say to my mother “So?”, she would snap back, “So? Sew buttons! Now do it!” And then I got the evil eye. Mom can be a little scary, sometimes.
Remember any “mom-isms” from your mother? Share them in the comments, and be sure to say “hi” to Diane!