Wash the white clothes on Monday and hang them on the line to dry
Wash the coloured clothes on Wednesday and do the same
Wash your father's clothes separately as they’re more valuable than your own, just as you will do your husbands one day

Dont walk the midnight streets alone
But don't walk in large groups either or you’ll intimidate a suiter
Never ask a man to walk you home, if he doesn’t offer then you haven’t followed my rules

On Sundays you’ll be at church
Dress like a lady ready for worship, not the slut you’re so ambitious to become
During the week, however, you must show your body
Tight and short enough so your man knows what he’s signing up for
Leave nothing up for interpretation
"But shouldn’t I dress for me and not for him?"
You’ll be wrong to interrupt your husband as you interrupt me

This is how to sew on a button
This is how to sew closed a tear from a hard day of labour
His labour of course, never yours
This is how you hem a skirt, once you’ve been wed of course you will need to hem and cover your skin
You’ve already been claimed, no need to share another man's property

This is how you iron your father's business shirt so it doesn’t have a crease
This is how you will iron your husband's business shirt so it doesn’t have a crease

This is how you clean a house
This is how you clean a carpet
This is how you clean fine silver
He spent his hard earned money on this property, so worship it
"If we’re to be wed, isn’t it our shared property?"
Don't be so selfish now, listen to your mother

This is how you garden flowers
Don’t pick other’s flowers, you might catch something
Don’t burden yourself with dirt and sand - you’re not a boy you know

This is how to make a cake
And this is how to make a soup
This is how to make a good medicine to fix a cold
This is how to make a good medicine to fix a silly child who has yet to understand the roles a wife must take on

This is how to love a man, there are other ways if this doesn’t work out, you must continue trying or else he will satisfy his needs elsewhere
This is how to move quickly, to dodge a blow
This is how to nurse a bruise
He may hit you if his day has been rough, you must take the blow
"But mother-"
It’ll be quick, don’t whine
Please do grow up

This is how to make ends meet
This is how to love a man and get love back
Or as close to it as a woman can
This is how to be a woman
Understood?
Good.