Took Umbrella, But Didn’t Need It

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

Monday, August 12, 1912:  Went to Watsontown this afternoon to do some shopping, if such you may call it. Took my umbrella along, but it didn’t rain.

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

The previous day Grandma didn’t have her umbrella when she needed it:

 . . . .got a dunking in the rain. Took an umbrella along part way, so it happened that I didn’t have it when I needed it the most.

And this day, she was prepared and carried an umbrella, but didn’t need it. Umbrellas didn’t fold as compactly back than as many do today. It probably was a real nuisance the entire time she was shopping.

Sometimes you just can’t win when guessing about the weather. . .

6 Responses

  1. Hi. Unless it is raining when I go out, I never have my umbrella. Helena at least didn’t have a weatherman to add to the guessing game. Jane

  2. Nothing has changed, the weather is still unpredictable! :)

  3. I walk everywhere I go and know how she feels. When I have to carry an umbrella, it’s a minor aggrevation…just adds to the weight of what I’m lugging around. And half the time I end up not needing it. Sometimes I’ll just leave the umbrella at home if I think I can get home before the downpour.

  4. Jane, Lately I think the weathermen have been absolutely useless! We haven’t had a correct weather report in I can’t remember when! :-)

  5. I have two vintage umbrellas, probably the 30′s or 40′s, I always have loved them.

  6. I always get a big kick out of Grandma’s way with words! How cute…she didn’t have the umbrella when she needed it….and then…takes it along and doesn’t need it…isn’t that the way it goes?

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