17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Friday, May 17, 1912: Went to McEwensville this afternoon. Mousie had some business for me to transact.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
I assume that Mousie referred to Grandma’s mother.
Did Grandma think that her mother was “mousie” and lacked an appreciation of what fashionable dresses should look like?
The previous day’s diary entry referred to a disagreement with her mother over a dress that her mother was making for her. My take on that entry was that her mother didn’t quite get how to make the dress look stylish— probably because her tastes were mousie–but that Grandma persevered and the dress ended up okay.