I wanted to publish a follow-up to the Demographic post.
Most of us are not likely to be besieged by 15-to-20 year-old women seeking shelter in Fort ERJ or Fort Curtis or where ever. But if we were, wouldn't it be nice to have a set of criteria to sort through those we let in the gate and those we suggest try elsewhere?
I contemplated a test but then realized the answer was staring me in the face.
Just look at her hands.
Look at the hand shown above. A single, simple, low-profile ring. Tidy nails. Fingers red from scrubbing dishes or cleaning. Sleeves a bit sloppy from being rolled up. Edges of the sleeve not-white to hide smudges from working.
This is a young woman who would make money for you if you ran a business or will be an asset if forted-in for "the duration".
By comparison, look at this woman's hands. Can you picture her face if you suggested she put on a pair of work gloves and stack wood?
There were other criteria but they fade in comparison to "the hands"
Ideal height of 4'-8" to 5'-2" to minimize food requirements.
Able to pick up thirty pounds and put it on the top of the woodpile as many times as needed.
|William-Adolphe Bouguereau's Letoile Lost. She is the pinnacle of beauty circa 1884. Not a rib or hip-bone in sight.|
A few extra pounds of body-fat is desirable. 30%-to-35% body-fat is a GOOD thing in a young lady when vittles might be hard to come by.
A biddable personality.
An old-fashioned word, there: "Biddable". Old-fashioned answers for old-fashioned problems...barbarians at the gate, starvation, lack of external entertainment. Skills can be taught if the pupil is willing.