June Cleaver

"A man is better pleased when he has a good dinner, than when his wife talks Greek."

- Dr. Samuel Johnson, from the General Foods Kitchens Cookbook, 1959.

 

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This page is dedicated to our most revered role model, June Cleaver, who provided a nurturing atmosphere for Ward, Wally, and the Beaver.  Her meals were interesting and balanced; her home immaculate; her dress starched and well-pressed; her pearls tasteful.  On more than one occasion, she assisted Ward with identifying effective childrearing strategies:  “Ward, I think you were a little rough on the Beaver last night.”  But June’s most admirable trait was her unfailing ability to feign interest in the boys’ banal, self-serving crises, and all the while maintaining genteel composure.  For this, we salute her!

 

June has a chat with the Beaver

 

It's easy to be just like June Cleaver!  Follow these simple steps:

  1. Don your prettiest dress every morning (appropriate foundation garments help to maintain a smooth line).  
  2. Wear your most expensive pearls.
  3. Get up early and make sure the coffee is ready for your husband - you KNOW he hates to wait!  
  4. Prepare an elaborate and hearty breakfast and call the family to the table.  Serve the family before serving yourself - first things first! 
  5. After breakfast, make sure the kitchen is spotless and glimmering.
  6. Vacuum and dust daily - keep that house ship-shape.  
  7. Be at the door to greet the kids when they arrive home from school - make sure to have cold milk and fresh, hot cookies waiting. 
  8. Prepare and serve a well-balanced, tasty dinner.  Store-bought dessert?  What were you thinking???
  9. Ask your husband about his day.  Offer support.  NEVER tell him he's a jerk!
  10. Be cheerful when you transport the kids to their various activities.  Their schedules are so important!  Help them with their homework.  Be cheerful - never surly.  
  11. After everyone is in bed, feel free to slip into more comfortable clothes.
  12. Take off the pearls - you've got 6 whole hours to be yourself!  

  OTher Tips:

  1. If your dress isn't starched, it won't look as pretty.
  2. Use real butter in the cookies. If you don't, they won't taste as good.
  3. Make sure the kids don't drink milk straight out of the bottle! 
  4. Seasonal aprons lend SUCH a festive touch...