The Memory Professor's Forgetfulness - A Terrible Predicament - How to Avoid It - What the Useful Tablet Should Note - The Task of Running a House - A Pretty and Useful Aid to Memory
A pretty memorandum tablet suitable for a morning-room or bedroom. Care should be taken to make the flap of wallpaper over the block lift easily. If backed with cardboard, it will not become crumpled by use
Make a note of it when you promise to go to tea with your dear friend; you may be invited by a dearer, and forget your first engagement, or even invite your dearest and forget the other two.
Make a note of it when you make an engagement with the dressmaker for a fitting.
Make a note of it that two people for your third bridge table cannot come, and therefore two more must be asked.
Make a note of it when you promise chrysanthemum cuttings to a friend that you must tell the gardener to send them.
Make a note of it that the new book of travels is ordered from Mudie's before you dine with the Browns, and the traveller-author himself takes you down to dinner.
Make a note of it that Maudie must have the special dancing shoes, that Tommy's pyjamas are wearing thin, and that the eiderdown in the blue room wants remaking.
Make a note of it to engage the conjurer.
And so on, ad infinitum. Was ever such a complicated business as the running of a house? How is the brain of one woman to contain all the above and a great deal more? It is a very beautiful thought that the house mother holds the reins of home government in her hands, but the complex management of house, husband, and children would tax many departments if undertaken with accurate attention to detail.
Yet a woman is expected to do it all. Not in a nice business office where, free from interruption, she can concentrate her mind on the intricate task before her, but in the midst of her home cares, the prey of every incompetent maid who asks for directions at the wrong time, of neighbours who drop in before the work of the day is half planned out, or of the interruption of tiny questioners who want to know "why" and "how" and "when" in this big world which is so strange and beautiful.
How shall a woman remember every odd job unless she makes a note of it, and the little block where a line can be jotted down saves many a tiresome complication caused by the overlooking of a little duty.
Truly a very simple matter to settle, and an inexpensive one.
All that is required is a memorandum block of the desired size with detachable leaves, a strip of pretty wallpaper, a piece of stout cardboard, a programme pencil, adhesive paste, and natty fingers. The cardboard should be cut clean and true, and covered with the wallpaper. The block is then pasted on securely, and a neat flap of wallpaper, stiffened with cardboard, fixed upon it. A holder of cardboard covered with wallpaper holds the pencil.
The two illustrations show how the little articles look when finished, though, of course, the success or failure of the work will depend upon the taste and neat execution of the worker. It would be excellent to put one of these memorandum tablets in each room; if that is done, see that the paper used in its manufacture accords with the colouring of the rooms in which it is placed.
Making these interesting trifles will amuse children or invalids, and they form most acceptable gifts and contributions to bazaars. They have also the supreme merit of not outliving their usefulness, and when soiled or filled can be thrown away.