11 July, 2014
Quotable Friday (34)
It seems apt to start with a piece of advice about reading:
Don't say your wife wastes time in reading, even if she reads only fiction. Help her to choose good fiction, and let her forget her little worries for an hour occasionally in reading of the lives of others. But, above all things, don't put on the schoolmaster air. She'll never stand that. Rather let her pick her reading for herself.
And about talking:
Don't "talk down" to your wife. She has as much intelligence as your colleague at the office; she lacks only opportunity. Talk to her (explaining where necessary) of anything you would talk of to a man, and you will be surprised to find how she expands.
Some of the advice is charmingly old-fashioned but some is timeless and really quite lovely. Last one for now:
Don't forget to be your wife's best friend as well as her husband. True friendship in marriage does away with all sorts of trouble.
If any of the gentlemen (or indeed ladies) have any thoughts on these bits of advice perhaps you could let me know (explaining where necessary) below!