As the final week of “The Two A’s” is closing in I decided it’s time to post some of Ms. Hoole’s advice on appearance. There’s not a tidy list like there was for attitude so I’m just going to list a few snippets of her choicest words.
“Each morning get up and get completely dressed….Once you are dressed, everything works out better. The sooner you’re dressed, the more successful is your day.”
“Getting dressed means putting on something that is comfortable, combing your hair, applying some make-up, and putting on shoes.”
“Dressing takes such a few minutes, and besides making your husband happy, you’ll find that you feel much more eager and ready to begin your day’s work.”
“If you LOOK THE PART, you’ll feel like DOING THE PART.”
“Mrs. Homemaker you owe it to your husband and children to get dressed promptly each morning. More important, you owe it to yourself. People place value on you which you place on yourself. If you look like the family doormat they’ll walk all over you. If you look pert, neat and attractive and as though you had some opinions and rights, they will respect you for it and cooperate better. As you lay the foundation of routine work for a successful day, getting dressed is the cornerstone.”
So…where do I start? How about with my loving of the use of the word “pert”. Which will be followed by my raised eyebrows and sensitivity to the pharse “as though you had opinions and rights”. As though? Scratch that, change it to “because” and let’s move on.
And BECAUSE I do have rights and opinions, I’ll state one right now…while I love, love. love Ms. Hoole’s definition of getting dressed, it is my opinion that shoes aren’t part of the package and am using my rights to continue to remain barefoot.
All that being said…I’ve loved this section and I’ve followed her instructions everyday these past few weeks (sans shoes) and I’ve been pleasantly surprised…