cej77 asked: Page 26 of the Official Preppy Handbook is titled "Never On Thursday", Help in the House. I don't recall this being any sort of "rule", either spoken or unspoken, while growing up and was wondering if you could explain the significance further. Thanks!
Here’s the story from my mummy. ”It was Thursdays and every other Sunday off in the 40’s and 50’s and the 60’s. It started to end in the 60’s-70’s. It wasn’t a rule, it just was what was. I remember dinner for you kids every Thursday night was a can of Spaghettio’s. All I did was warm up a can of Spaghettios.” Here she broke off to laugh heartily.
This schedule was customary (not the Spaghettios part) for live-in domestic workers. It would have made more sense, it seems, for that schedule to be reversed to every Sunday (for churchgoing and family supper) and every other Thursday (when you could go to the bank, have doctor appointments, etc.) but this is how it was. Most of the women who worked in our house were American and had homes and/or family relatively close by that they returned to on their days off. I’ll try to research this further. It is interesting.
It is also interesting that my brothers and I grew to our full height being fed a diet of canned pasta and chemicals once or twice a week.