Although today is Monday, I decided to post a LAFF piece because sometimes, you need to start a week on a high note…….
So truth be told this will not be a “In Real Time” piece as I’ve actually already gone ahead and taken the quiz at least twice. The first time was several years ago when it began circulating on Facebook. The quiz? The 1930’s Marital Scale.
Yes, this quiz really gives your self esteem a big ‘ole boost by finding out what kind of wife/husband you’d be by 1930’s standards.
Can you sense the sarcasm?? 😉
If you want to take the quiz yourself after you read this, you can find it here. The quiz is open to both guys and gals. It is 100 questions long, so I’ll just give you some highlights. Now this is a “Check all that apply” type quiz, so I’ll be pulling out the most interesting phrases and giving my opinion.
1. “Doesn’t darn socks properly.” We have WAY too many socks for this to actually be an issue.
2. “An active member of some woman’s organization.” Hmmm….not really, but funny story, my senior year of high school we each received a senior prediction from other members of our class. My prediction was that I’d be the head of the NOW (National Organization for Women) 😀 (I’m not, by the way. In case that was unclear. 😉 )
3. By “dresses for breakfast” does that mean “wears pants” or “dresses up as if I were to meet the queen?” I’ll let you guess which one applies to me. 😛
4. “Eats radishes, onions or garlic before a date or going to bed.” What the crap was going on in the 1930’s that this would be a concern?? :-O Who would even eat this combination of food in one setting?? Wait, I guess this is back in the day when salads were popular. That makes sense.
5. “Bathes or brushes teeth often.” Define “often.”
6. “Gives husband shampoo or manicure.” So at first I read “gives shampoo to husband” as going into town and buying him shampoo. Then I realized this meant that you shampooed his hair for him….. :-O **crickets chirp as I awkwardly move onto the next question**……
7. “Keeps hair neatly combed or shampooed and waved.” My hair is currently up in a mom bun because it is about 1000 degrees outside. I also haven’t shampooed my hair in a couple days. I may also be wearing yoga pants.
I don’t do yoga.
8. “Lets husband sleep late on Sundays and holidays.” I don’t know where to start with this one. If Chad wants to sleep in, he’ll sleep in. And he doesn’t work Sundays or holidays so this doesn’t apply. I’m starting to wonder if adults in the 1930’s were less adultier then adults in 2016 since they seemed so concerned with spouses sleeping in on certain days.
Back off, 1930. Geesh!
9. “Neat housekeeper. Tidy and clean.” I’m sorry, I don’t understand the question.
10. “Reacts with pleasure and delight to marital congress.” Is this the same thing I think it is? Because if so, I think we need to go back to calling it this. Although it sounds a bit stuffy and like you’ll each have to bring a list of ways to cure world hunger and then argue your side. Of course after all this arguing and debating, you are exhausted and decide to just go to sleep. 😛
10. “Praises marriage before young people contemplating it.” I do actually do this, but I also make sure to tell them that it’s a bunch of hard work. Sometimes it totally sucks, but at the end of the day it is SO worth the work.
If I’ve presented this correctly, the young person in question will be staring at me with a blank look in their eyes. You’re welcome, kiddos! 😉
11. “Wears red nail polish.” Well, this isn’t often. I’m currently giving my fingernails some fresh air sans polish. I guess the unspoken truth in this statement is that red nail polish on your finger nails turns you into some sort of hussy. Well, this just got awkwardly interesting….. 😛
12. “Squeezes toothpaste from the top.” I have no idea why this is a relevant quality. I guess where I squeeze the paste on the tube is in direct correlation to how tired I am when I brush my teeth, or if I’m able to turn on a light and see what I’m doing. In that instance it’s a miracle I’ve not brushed my teeth with caulk.
So there are the highlights. Oh and my score? A whopping -8. Yes folks, I’m a failure of a wife by 1930’s standards! 😛
In all seriousness, this was a fun quiz to take and it gives you an insight into what mattered back then. Here is my take away for the modern housewife/househusband….
As long as your spouse is happy and the kids (should you have any) are healthy and well fed, you are doing a pretty great job. Even if you squeeze the toothpaste from the top. 😉
This is what I’d probably look like if I lived back in the late 20’s and early 30’s. Image appears courtesy of S-R Images and our personal archives.