17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Wednesday, August 7, 1912:Was donated with a pair of shoes. First time since I don’t know when. Ma and I had sort of a scrap this afternoon!
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Poor Grandma, she wants to look stylish and instead gets a pair of hand-me-down shoes.
I bet that her mother didn’t think that she was appropriately appreciative of the donated shoes—and gave her a hard time about it.
Who gave the shoes to Grandma? . . . were they her mother’s old shoes . . . her sister’s shoes. . . or someone else’s? In February, 1912 Grandma mentioned that her Aunt Annie, who was married to a doctor, gave her an old dress. Maybe Aunt Annie also handed down shoes.