Sister Visiting A Friend: Peace and Quiet, But More Work

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

Wednesday, February 27, 1912:  I helped Ruth decide a question this morning. She was invited out to spend the evening and staid all night.  I decided that she should accept the invitation and so she did. But the other part is that I will have her milking tomorrow morning.

Recent photo of the barn that Grandma milked cows in a hundred years ago.

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

There are trade-offs to everything. In this diary entry Grandma was weighing the benefits and “costs” of her sister Ruth staying overnight at a friend’s house.


Peace and quiet: Grandma got a quiet evening alone without Ruth. She shared a bedroom with her sister, so she also would have had the room to herself.


More work:  In exchange for the peace and quiet Grandma had to milk more cows than usual in the morning.

4 Responses

  1. Maybe she was also thinking about when she wanted to go spend the night at a friends.

  2. Love it. Real life with a teenager, for sure! ;-)

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