Gathering Lilacs

16-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Thursday, May 18, 1911:  Carrie Stout was over this afternoon. We went for lilacs and after she had a big bouquet, she became afraid of the bumble bees.

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Sounds like two friends having fun on a pleasant spring day while doing simple things together—gathering lilacs while goofing around as they worried about bumble bees. Ah, the joys of being young and carefree.

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