Yes, ladies, that is correct. Please add this to your to-do list.
It shows in his eyes, the hunch of his shoulders, the way he picks at his food.
Because “a wife can always tell” when a guy is “Under Pressure.” Oh look – quotation marks. You know it’s time to be suspicious when you see those in an ad. Maybe it isn’t work that’s bugging this guy. Maybe he’s also a werewolf. Maybe he’s been moonlighting a lot. Maybe – oh, just maybe – he just drinks too much coffee. Mr. Caffein Nerves knows all about this sort of thing.*
Or it could be a combination of things. Maybe he’s a werewolf who drinks twelve cups of coffee a day with a wildebeest for a boss and he’s also seeing the cheetah (hah!) in the typing pool on the side. Oh, he’s stressed out all right. Poor thing.
But have you given any thought to his hot mealtime drink? Gee, you know what, I hadn’t. I thought he could decide about that by himself. Oh, silly me. So help him out with tea! Come on sister, move it! Brew that tea! And when you have a moment, you ought to pick the peas out of the mixed vegetables for him, too. I mean, have you given any thought to his mixed vegetable needs? He really gets upset about those peas. You know that.
Anyway, you are supposed to give him tea at every meal for seven days and see if that makes him less stressed out. Serve it in big cups and little mugs and even in square brown cups. You’d better run out to the store right now and get some if you don’t have any square brown cups.
And please – give more thought to his chinaware needs from now on. It’ll be on your conscience otherwise.
[This is from Life magazine, November 13, 1950 and the full-size version is here.]
* I know, I know! I can’t believe I haven’t got all my old posts over here yet, either…Speaking of to-do lists.