Saturday, February 2, 2013
February Faces: Woman's Work?
From Phyllis Nicholson's Country Bouquet 1947
"It is woman's work to keep love warm. But the cold blast of her busy indifference causes the flame to flicker down in father's heart. Absorbed by the Children, Lost Causes, Golf or Bridge, Madame has increasingly less time for her husband. This makes quiet men wistful and lively men wild. No husband should come in from work almost unnoticed. Give him a hero's homecoming every day and keep romance alive."
Nicholson was writing from post-World War II England and she's pretty rough on wives here. What do you think about what she says? Before you get too defensive, I must tell you that on the next page she advises women never to marry a man who comes home for lunch. In fact, she claims that the best husbands are soldiers and sailors who are gone a good bit of the time!
Is she right? Is she wrong?
[The photograph above was taken September 24, 1944 in Victoria, Texas. These are not family photographs but are from my personal collection of Soldiers & Their Sweethearts.]