“Virtue is always modest, and modesty is itself a virtue. He who is discovered by his real excellence, and not by his egotistical advertisements of his own perfections, is a man worth knowing.”
-C. H. Spurgeon
Though I am not a model wife….hmmm…..I have longed to be a beloved husband just long enough to show other husbands how to act.
For….having viewed beloved husband from a wife’s standpoint…and having a wife’s idea of a model husband….
I think I could make a decided improvement on the conduct of most husbands.
First of all…if I were a husband….I would strive with all my might to be a manly….for if there is anything despicable…it is a man with weak feminine traits who could not utter a word infront of his elder sisters...hmm....
Endowed with a healthy man’s strength….I would use it in defending all creatures weaker than myself specially my wife.
I don’t think you would ever catch me talking nonsense to the baggers or waiving my hands to them to move away….instead I would politely ask them to move ahead or may be pay them some change because such conduct is a sign of a kind heart.
And a man that will take delight in playing mean….rough jokes on his wife’s girl friends is not the one that will step aside for his wife or give her his seat.
Therefore….I would practice politeness toward my wife’s girlfriends….so that it would come natural for me when my wife is around.
If I were a beloved husband….I would not try to hurry my wife or push her to finish her shopping as soon as possible as I cant stand the crowd….as I have seen men do.
I mean it is not civilized enough for a husband to disturb his wife on such important task.
And you would never find me among the crowd of loafers on the corner standing ready to remark upon or laugh at the passers by and I would never make my wife believe that they are my friends…if my wife thinks that all of my friends looked like loafers…I would readily give away their friendship.
And I would never allow my wife to do any heavy work that belongs to a big stout man like carrying the big shopping bags full of clothes or other stuff…even if they are all belongs to my wife.
I would never throw my wet towel on the floor or enter the house with muddy boots…and thereby save the wife the vexation that such conduct causes.
And I would never enter any house (specially neighbors) without the consent of my wife.
Above all I would keep clean….always wear the finest clothes when come to fetch wife from her office so that my wife need not shirk from allowing me to carry her books or bag.
Now if I were a beloved husband…I would try…after hearing these suggestions…to improve my general behavior.
At any rate…..it would surely make my wife respect me…hmmm.
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