The Founding Bettys had wonderful Christmases with their families. At Casa van Voorhees, I gifted the Mijnheer a tiny little tome I picked up at Restoration Hardware--a reprint of Don'ts For Husbands by Blanche Ebutt. Though published in 1913, I found echos of the world of Betty. Here are some highlights:
Don't stoop, even if your work is desk-work. Your wife wants to see you straight and broad-chested.
Don't rush out of the house in such a hurry that you haven't time to kiss your wife 'goodbye'. She will grieve over the omission all day.
Don't keep her in cotton-wool. She isn't wax--she's a woman.
Don't scowl or look severe. Cultivate a pleasant expression if Nature hasn't blessed you with one.
Don't begin your married life by expecting too much. If you expect little, you will be saved a good deal of disappointment.
Don't try to be a Sultan. This is the West; you can't shut your wife away from other men. Don't insult her by trying to.
Don't object to your wife going out with another man if you can't take her yourself--as long as you know and approve of the man.
Don't say she needn't stay up for you. You know quite well that she can't sleep until you are safe at home.
Don't encourage her to be hysterical. You need not be unkind but you can firmly refuse to pity her.
Don't say, "That's not in my line," when your wife asks your advice about the children. It ought to be in your line.
|And for our male Bettys (Betty Ross, at least), I offer Bill Blass on the right kind of woman. In the spirit of the New Year, let us all resolve to be the sort of woman to admit we read cheap novels.|
And, to veer off into a non sequitur, I remind the Bettys to add your suggestions to the Best of Betty post that Betty Debbie tossed up!