Saturday, March 16, 2013

How to marry the perfect man

This broom was photographed by my oldest daughter and it does indeed serve it's intended purpose. It is mainly used as an outdoor broom to clean patios and yards. I have noticed that Paraguayans tend to keep a very neat yard even when they live in a humble home.

While mentioning this to my neighbor, she shared a Guarani 'wives' tale' with me. It seems that the mothers and grand mothers are always telling the young girls to do a thorough sweeping of the yard, porch, and house.

This sweeping needs to be done in a methodical, meticulous manner because it will effect the future of the young lady. A girl needs to be extremely cautious while sweeping so as not to leave behind any litter or dust bunnies because each one left behind represents a flaw in her future husband.

So a lazy, careless girl will undoubtedly end up married to a man with many character flaws, where as a diligent girl will find herself betrothed to a nearly flawless man.

No wonder my neighbor's daughter gets up early and sweeps the yard almost every day. Even the sidewalk! Her husband will certainly be a saint! Personally, I am not so sure I would enjoy being married to a perfect man. I would probably leave a few dust bunnies just to make sure my future husband had a little 'rascal' left in him!

 My dream man!

(artwork by BRIT ART)


  1. Cute post! I love to read "old wives' tales" from different countries.

    It looks like you married the perfect man for you! :o)

  2. Hmmm... I'd never heard of that. Makes sense. I noticed they swept a lot when I was there too. :) I also used to wonder why they would iron stuff like underwear. I found out later that it was to kill the bugs that would get on the clothes while they were drying. :)

  3. I like the way you think. Gave me a good laugh that did, leaving a few dust bunnies behind to get a bit of a rascal!

    All the best,
    Glenn B