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, THE BOSS OF THE HOME IS AN EASY BO$S
"Being happy, though married, is," writes a social philosopher, "for a
woman, simply the matter of being boss."
True, but .not the whole truth. The mother Instinct in every good
woman, prompts iier to mother her husband, which, we suppose, is what
the philosopher means by the word "boss." -
A man is to be congratulated who has a wife to boss him in a kindly,
patient, motherly fashion. For, goodness knows, men need bossing. And
the result upon a man's career of the guidance of a' woman's intuitions is
usually good, especially if we have a fair quality of judgment to add to the
But there is another kind of wifely bossing which is like Gen. Sher
man's description of war. It is nagging.
Nagging, like other vices, is mostly habit We suppose that nagging
wives really love their husbands and that the nagging is a nervous, fretful,
perverted way of showing it.
Yet since marriage is a partnership in an enterprise to which both
partners must contribute, the nagging wife shouH try hard to overcome
the nagging habit. It is rock upon which most unL s are wrecked.
Bossing and nagging aren't identical. Indeed, the wife who nags
thereby advertises that she has lost control. The wife who bosses shields
her hand of steel in a glove of velvet. She is the most effective boss who
doesn't let Mr. Man know that she is bossing. She bosses by suggestion,
by delicate and artful insinuation, by the power of affection.
You remember, don't you, the fable of the wind and the sun? They
had a dispute one day as to which was the more powerful, and they agreed
to put the argument to test upon a passing traveler. The traveler wore a
cloak, and it was agreed that the one who could cause him to remove his .
cloak would be acclaimed victor.
Well, the wind blew a regular hurricane, but the traveler wrapped the'
cloak around him the more tightly. Then. the sun interposed and poured
its rays down on the traveler's head. And in an instant the cloak was un-;
Irattoned and discarded.
So if you want to remain boss in your home, dear madam, whatever
else you do, don't nag.
HOW ABOUT IT?
' Asks Berton Braley.
Yes, we'll admit that the old Op
portunity cannot be found in this up-to-date
day, also confess that the
modern community doesn't throw
many good chances your way. Trusts
and monopolies may be a blow to
you. High cost of living is sure rais
ing hob. Still have you really had
"git up" and "go" to you? Have you
been honestly right on the job?
Things are not anywhere near as
they ought to be. Many conditions
should fill us with shame. We're not
as free as our forefathers fought to
be. There's a vast need for an hon-
ester game. Maybe the world has
been putting the hooks to you. Still,,
let us ask you, as man unto man,
rough as the road is, and bad as it
looks to you, have you been doing:
the best that you can?
Haven't you loafed when you
should have been laboring? Haven't
you crumpled,when trouble you met?
Haven't you slept while competitors,,
neighboring, went out and got what,
you wanted to get? Yes, we'll ad
mit that the game has the start of.
you, freely concede it's a gruelling,
test Still, have you played with the
soul and the heart of you ? Have you
been honestly doing your best?