Friday, April 27, 2018

Feminine Underpinnings

As a firm rule, a lady always wears proper underpinnings. She does not wear skirts and dresses in public without a slip and stockings underneath.

A slip can be a lady's best friend as it serves several good purposes:
  • Helps a skirt or dress to drape properly 
  • Protects the skin from chafing against the fabric of the garment
  • Prevents the garment from clinging to the body
  • Prevents the silhouetting of a lady's legs in the sunlight * 
  • Prevents show through of intimate undergarments
Likewise, stockings have their benefits:
  • Give a polished, well-groomed appearance
  • Hide physical flaws such as bruises and scars (I once heard stockings described as foundation makeup for the legs)
  • Make shoes more comfortable by reducing rubbing 

*Some may remember when Lady Diana Spencer learned this the hard way.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Answering Cheeky Questions About Larger Families

A lady who has been rewarded with several children may at times find herself the target of tactless questions and remarks, either by people she knows or complete strangers.

One gentle reader, mother to four children, has shared six comments that she frequently encounters, in hopes of arming herself with a gracious response.  Here are those comments with some suggested ladylike replies, to be given with a low tone, a warm smile, and a twinkle in the eye:

  1. Cheeky comment: "You know what causes that, don't you?"  Ladylike response: "Well, I suppose some scientists might call it survival of the fittest."
  2. Cheeky comment: "You guys need to get a TV."  Ladylike response: "Yes? Well, I suppose there are those who'd rather watch television."
  3. Cheeky comment: "Did you plan to have that many kids or was that an accident?"  Ladylike response: "Children are never accidents."
  4. Cheeky comment: "You guys are done, right?"  Ladylike response: ""Well, I really couldn't say.  We like to keep the busybodies talking!"
  5. Cheeky comment: "Wow, you have your hands full!"  Ladylike response: "Yes, it's a wonderful life!"
  6. Cheeky comment: "Are you guys Mormon or something?"  Ladylike response: "Or something!"

Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.
Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.
Proverbs 26:4,5

Photo: Cheaper by the Dozen, 1950