All Mortals Have to Suffer for Their Errors

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

Monday, September 16, 1912:   I don’t feel very good these last few days. I don’t know but I really think that it is likening to be near a grape vine. Alas all mortals have to suffer for their errors.

concord grapes on vine

Concord Grapes (Source: Wikipedia)

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

If I could have a conversation with Grandma, this is what I’d say:

Grandma, what were you thinking!

Of course, you couldn’t have known we’d be reading it a hundred years later; but what kind  of role model is that for your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren?

. . . Actually, given your later strong stance against alcohol, my sense is that some are smiling.

2 Responses

  1. Sounds like she had learned a valuable lesson…When I was 17 I remember making a similar mistake learning the same lesson!! {If I am reading correctly on what her mistake was}

  2. I like the way this was written – she didn’t say it outright but we get the gist of her error. I guess she didn’t differ from any other 17 year old.

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