Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Wisdom for Guests

This vintage advice for guests is so true, and clearly has been taken to heart by my most faithful houseguest, the lovely Elyse, who came for a week after Christmas. I have such fond memories of cooking together with her here, and I know to lay in lots of garlic before she comes, because she *will* need it. She has also been known to fold mountains of clothes and replace broken toilet seats.

"If you stay longer than overnight in a servantless house, you should arrive at a firm understanding with your hostess about doing your fair share of the domestic chores. Don't volunteer for these tasks in a half-hearted way but consider them as an obligation. You should help with the dishes and make your own bed and your husband's. If your hostess insists on performing these tasks herself, find other ways of helping, such as driving the car, looking after the children, or working in the garden [or, I would add, mincing garlic]. Anyone who is particularly good at cooking certain dishes or making small household repairs should offer to exercise his or her talent. The longer you stay, the more useful you should try to be."

--Homemaker's Encyclopedia: Etiquette for Everybody (1952)


Troy & Sherry said...

Anna -
I found your website through my college friend Cari Gerdt. I have looked over your website and am amazed, impressed and slightly jealous of your incredible abilities. I don't think we aren't alike at all except for our love for God, our families and we to bought a nearly 100 year old church and have renovated it into our home. My husband and I have been married a little over a year and we hope to start our family this coming year. Just wanted to send you a quick note and let you know your blog inspires me.

Anonymous said...

Oh, amen on the guests. I try to be helpful without taking over another woman's kitchen and I appreciate help with dishes. Cooking and dishwashing for a crowd gets old fast. Thanks for the post, Anna.

Kelli said...

Anna, I am loving these vintage snippets of wisdom...keep them coming! :0) I especially love the quote about the livingroom.

Mary Ann said...

I love this little piece of vintage wisdom. I've been a regular reader for a while now but I think this is my first time commenting. I really enjoy your blog.:-)

Carina Rose said...

That's great advice. This book looks like it must be very helpful :) something we ought to read to our children at some point..

Anna said...

Wow, Troy and Sherry, a church! How fun would that be! I saw some pictures on your blog and it looks like you all have done a lot of work! Thanks for visiting--


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