Two posts ago, in “Boys Night Out, Part One,” I mentioned a husband whose demanding wife gave him a pager for inside the house, so she could call him on a moment’s notice.
While a pager obviously does the trick, the more traditional domestic summoning device is the bell—or bells, according to one husband: “My wife placed small bells placed throughout the house to summon me. She didn't think this was even an unusual arrangement."
One devoted husband took the initiative and gifted his wife with a bell for a Valentine’s present. “She has used and enjoyed it very much. Her eyes still twinkle each time she has a guest and picks up the bell and shakes it to summon me for some service… and it still makes me melt each time I hear it, reinforcing her superiority in an admirable way.”
The bell makes an excellent gift, this husband advises, for the wife who is not yet into ruling her house and husband, giving her innocent power that she will learn to love quickly.
“Tell her that she rings the bell in your heart and that you are giving her the bell so she can signal you to come without straining her voice. Be respectful and serious and don't make a joke of it. Hopefully she will soon learn the powers she has and how they can improve her life as well as yours.”
Regular use of the household handbell, according to this man’s wife, demonstrates that women can and do run households and that males can be and are trained to serve their wives.